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39% average union vote for strikes to go ahead

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Calls for shorter working week and triple pay lead to 30 strikes over six year period – costing London over £1bn

Strikes on London’s public transport are going ahead with small minorities of the workforce voting in favour of industrial action.

Strikes on the London Overground this bank holiday weekend (25th – 26th August) have been initiated by just 43% of train guards voting in favour.

Shockingly, this is a relatively strong turnout when compared with new figures which show tube strikes went ahead with an average of just 39% of the ‘yes vote’ over a six year period (2005-2011)*, with some successful ballots having a vote as low as 20%. The six year period has seen 30 strikes with reasons including calls for a shorter working week and triple pay on Boxing Day.

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Mayor’s “Pocket Parks” should become hive of activity to support London’s resurgent Bees

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New report recommends that Mayor uses his schemes for new park space and tree planting to create insect friendly environment to help sustain resurgent Bee population.

A new report “Thinking Outside the Hive: supporting London’s pollinators” is proposing a number of recommendations to help sustain the increase in Bees and other pollinating insects in the capital. Research carried out shows that there are plenty of Honeybees in London, but a shortage of the right type of plants for them to pollinate. The report suggests the following recommendations:

  • The Mayor’s Pocket Parks scheme that provides grants for communities to develop neglected areas into green spaces should encourage those applying for cash to incorporate block planting that benefits pollinators.
  • Encourage London’s borough councils to use specifically insect-friendly tree species as part of the Mayor’s Street Trees scheme.
  • Help pro-pollinator planting by creating a single online resource that compiles a list of variety of plant and tree species and which insects they support.

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Thinking Outside the Hive

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