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Bus strikes escalate

by Esme Choonara
Issue No. 2178

There is a major fight underway on the buses as a series of strikes over pay escalates this week.

More than 2,300 drivers in the Unite union at East London Bus Group are set to strike on Friday and Saturday this week against a pay freeze. This follows a very successful one day strike last week.

Bus workers at First in Essex are to strike on Monday of next week—and have just announced plans to escalate their action with a week-long strike just before Christmas.

The Essex drivers are also fighting their bosses’ attempts to use the recession to implement a national pay freeze.

And drivers at Stagecoach in Rotherham are the latest group to join the pay fight. They have called strikes for the next three Mondays, starting next week.

There are also ballots and action pending at several other companies around the country as anger over low pay, bullying and a lack of respect from management spills over into strikes.

Bus workers everywhere are learning that you can fight in a recession—and that it is the only way to stop attacks on pay, conditions and basic dignity at work.

Please keep sending us reports and pictures about the disputes in your area. Check this site for updates

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