Socialist Worker

Bus strikes force new pay deal from Metroline

by Esme Choonara
Issue No. 2031

Metroline bus drivers in London have voted by around 80 percent to accept a 5.75 percent pay rise. The rise will apply to all elements of pay – the basic rate, overtime, holiday pay and back pay.

Metroline originally offered just 3 percent. They were forced into raising their offer by two very successful strikes.

Although the deal was accepted by a clear majority, the fact that 1 in 5 workers rejected it show that there was a mood among a sizeable group of workers to fight for more.

One driver told Socialist Worker, “I hope that Metroline have learned that we won’t just put up with low pay and lack of respect.

“For lots of drivers, this was the first strike they had been involved in,” she added. “We have also learned that we can organise and make the management listen.”

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