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‘Pay or holidays’ offer for bus workers at Metroline

by Esme Choonara
Issue No. 2140

Talks to end the long-running pay dispute at the Metroline bus company in north west London are continuing.

A driver at the company’s Cricklewood garage told Socialist Worker, “We have heard rumours for some time that bosses want to offer 4.2 percent funded through attacks on our holiday pay.

“We shouldn’t accept any deal that involves this.

“We know the company has money because we’ve seen the reports that it is trying to buy out National Express’s London bus operation.”

The Unite union at Metroline is in the initial stages of a strike ballot.

“We are campaigning in all the garages to get the drivers on board for a strike if needs be,” said one Unite member at Metroline’s North Wembley garage.

“There are a lot of outstanding issues as well as pay,” another driver added.

“We have to fight to build up regular union meetings in the garages where they don’t already happen.

“We need to make sure there is somewhere for bus workers to discuss their concerns collectively.”

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Tue 24 Feb 2009, 18:21 GMT
Issue No. 2140
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