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Following weeks of failed talks over pay and conditions for London Underground’s night tube service, underground train drivers and staff will walk out today for a second time in a month. As a result, some four million Londoners will face major transport disruption from 18:30 tonight potentially until Friday morning.
This latest strike is set to cause considerable disruption for businesses across the capital. Commenting on the disruption to business Sungard Availability Services’ Daren Howell, said:
“With the speed of business ever increasing, the amount of inconvenience caused by these travel disruptions is increasing too. Businesses must start thinking about providing their employees with the ability to work from any location, not just their city offices, and developing new working practices that can keep business moving 24/7.”
“Turning to new technologies, including desktop-as-a-service solutions, could be the answer. If the workforce can access business critical information from any device or location – whether at home, at a satellite office or even within a shared office space – this would reduce the need for many to spend hours seeking alternative modes of transport. We could expect an increase in employee productivity, not to mention reducing some of the pressure on our already struggling public transport services.”
Staff on the bus network, DLR, London Overground, tram, Emirates Air Line, Rivers and TfL Rail services will not be on strike, though all of these services are expected to be much busier than usual.
This article first appeared in CIR Magazine on 5/8/15.
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