|Three Bus Strikes Loom This Month|
Significant disruption expected on Thursday if action goes ahead
Bus drivers in London are set to go on strike later this week - the first of three dates for industrial action planned for this month. The first is due to take place from 4 am on Thursday (Feb 5th) with significant disruption expected across London for commuters.
Last month workers went on strike in a row over the different rates of pay to drivers by eighteen bus operators in London. The unions said the industrial action is a last resort.
The strike dates currently planned are: Thursday, 5th February: Friday 13th February; Monday 16th February.
If the strike this week goes ahead, buses across London will be significantly disrupted from around 04:00 on Thursday 5 February until Friday morning. Buses during the day on Friday should operate as normal.
All other TfL services will operate as normal. Bus & Tram Pass season tickets will be accepted on Tube, DLR and London Overground services via reasonable routes.
Drivers' pay currently differs by as much as £3 per hour depending on the company they work for from £9.30 to £12.34
Wayne King, Unite regional officer, said: "We urge London’s bus operators to see sense and collectively engage in talks to give London’s bus workers a fair deal."
The bus companies involved in the dispute are : Arriva North, Arriva South, Selkent, London General, Metroline, Metroline West, Metrobus, CT Plus, London United, Abellio South, Abellio West, London Sovereign, Stagecoach, Blue Triangle, Northumberland Park, Tower Transit, Docklands and London Central.