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Pay battle looms for London bus workers

by Esme Choonara
Issue No. 2071

Up to 12,000 bus workers at four different companies in London are currently moving towards industrial action to win better pay.

Bus workers at First Centre West and First East – both part of the First Group – voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a recent consultative ballot. Unite union stewards at the company are set to meet this week to discuss balloting for action.

At East London Bus Group, drivers in the East London section of the company and engineers across both the East London and Selkent garages have voted for strikes over pay in a consultative ballot.

At Arriva North, bus workers in the Unite union have rejected an improved pay offer from management, and at London United bus company, union members are balloting for action over an imposed pay deal.

Last month bus workers from different companies in London came together to protest over the lack of toilet facilities on many routes.

Many at the protest argued that bus workers should move on to co-ordinated action on other issues such as pay and against competitive tendering.

Unite senior regional industrial organiser Peter Kavanagh told Socialist Worker, 'London bus workers are currently making plans to co-ordinate efforts to improve pay and conditions. There are conferences being held to discuss this.

'In the meantime, many of our members are making it clear that they are not prepared to just wait for this to come to fruition, but that they want to take

action now.'

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Tue 2 Oct 2007, 19:28 BST
Issue No. 2071
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