The battle for decent pay for bus workers across London takes another step forward this week as around 200 bus engineers working for Metroline join the campaign. They are set to hold a consultative ballot on industrial action on Friday of this week.
The engineers, members of the Unite union, are angry about the fact that engineers working for different companies are on wildly different levels of pay.
As part of the London busworkers’ campaign, they have submitted a claim demanding that engineers working for all bus companies be paid an equal, decent wage.
Meanwhile, other bus workers at Metroline are upbeat and ready for action, following a 98 percent vote in a consultative ballot to take strike action over pay.
The confidence was clear on a demonstration of 500 bus workers in London two weeks ago. Metroline drivers have rejected pay offer of 3.5 percent. In every garage balloted, a resounding majority have voted against the offers.
Paul Brandon is a Unite union rep at Holloway bus garage. He told Socialist Worker, “These results show the mood for action over pay.
“The feeling among Metroline drivers is that to have the greatest impact we need co-ordinated action.”
Unite reps met last week to discuss the next step in the campaign. While the mood was confident, further action has yet to be confirmed.
Unite is campaigning to win an equal and higher rate of pay across all the bus operators in the capital.
Drivers in First Capital East and First Centre West Buses began a ballot for industrial action on Friday of last week.