Bank Holiday strike on Severn Bridge?
There is the threat of a strike at the Severn Bridge toll booths over the bank holiday weekend.
Strike action including a 24 hour walk out, an overtime ban and work-to-rule is being threatened next Friday 24th August in a dispute over shift patterns. That coincides with the start of the Bank Holiday weekend, which would affect drivers on the M4 and M48.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) said that it would not be acceptable to allow congestion to increase at the toll booths. Ian Gallagher, FTA Policy Manager, Southwest & Wales said: "The Concessionaire must not adopt a piece meal response to any strike action by limiting the number of booths. "Strike action can only result in one response by the concessionaire that of opening the gates allowing free flow traffic."
Local businesses are also very worried. Ian Jarman from a local haulage firm, Owens Road Services which has around 50 trucks paying the tolls every day, said, "We would see massive delays at the already busy Severn bridges, which would mount up into the drivers' hours that they have to work to. If the dispute goes ahead and does cause the expected disruption, it could well mean us having to head up the M4 to recover vehicles because drivers have run out of time."