The 24-hour strike at the Woolwich Ferry, scheduled for Friday (February 10), has been suspended for talks to take place on Thursday, the union Unite, has said.

Talks are due to be held between Unite and the GMB union with Briggs Marine Contractors Ltd, which runs the service on behalf of Transport for London (TfL), over a number of issues, including a bullying culture and health and safety issues.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Unite will be entering into these negotiations in a constructive spirit. However, we reserve the right to take further industrial action, should insufficient progress be made.”

The company said: “Briggs Marine is pleased to confirm that Unite and GMB have agreed to suspend their planned action and we expect to run a normal service that day. We have further meetings planned in the interim and will continue to engage positively with our staff and unions to find a resolution the disputes.”