Major Tube Strikes: What’s Your Business Continuity Plan?

No doubt you’ve seen the news today that thousands of commuters were delayed this morning as tube drivers go on strike over the planned loss of jobs. Members of RMT and TSSA unions walked out on Sunday over plans to cut 800 ticket office jobs.

Two further strikes are planned for November unless talks can resolve the dispute.

If you are a London based business how do your business continuity plans stand up to tube strikes or minor transport disruptions? I am sure that many are completely adequate for major and long term disruptions to tube, buses and road networks, but how do they cope with minor disruptions which could be more frequent?

The amount of work hours and productivity wasted because employees are delayed in getting into the office can start to mount up over weeks and months.

The solution
It would have been so easy for an organisation to send out an sms text message or recorded voice message to those employees who normally commute, on Sunday evening, teliing them of the impending strike and asking them to work from home. Yet I wonder how many organisations were equipped, or even chose to do this?

Are you based in the city? What plans did you implement to ensure business continuity, knowing on Sunday evening that the tube strike was well underway?


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