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Issue No. 2138

London Sovereign strikes suspended

Strike action by bus workers at Transdev Sovereign in north west London planned for Wednesday of this week has been suspended.

The drivers, members of the Unite union, were due to strike over pay, but ongoing negotiations with management and arguments about the way forward meant the action was delayed.

Sovereign drivers are paid the lowest rates in London. The workers held a successful strike last month with large pickets.

Union organisation at the company has come a long way in a year. Activists report that in past years, management decisions were mostly nodded through by the union.

Rank and file union members have fought hard for a union that represents their interests and keeps them informed. This should stand the workers in good stead for future battles.

Metroline ballot

Unite union members at Metroline in north London are preparing to ballot for strikes over pay.

More than 2,000 drivers struck last October alongside workers from First Bus.

A second strike was called off in the face of legal threats from the company.

Drivers have been waiting for more than three months for a reballot. Many feel the delay has allowed management to seize the initiative.

Union activists are to launch an energetic “yes” campaign to rally support for the pay campaign and show that they are still a force to be reckoned with.

East London Bus accept new offer

Drivers at the East London Bus Group have voted overwhelmingly to accept a new pay offer.

The company agreed to raise the agreed wage for new starters from £24,000 to £29,000.

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Tue 10 Feb 2009, 18:24 GMT
Issue No. 2138
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