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Latest results in pay fight on London buses

Issue No. 2187

Drivers and engineers at Metroline in London have voted overwhelmingly for action against bullying.

Workers in the Unite union voted by 96 percent in an indicative ballot for industrial action.

Workers report repeated harassment by managers and attempts to derecognise local agreements in garages.

In one incident workers were pushed to take buses out in hazardous weather.

This was despite one bus on the 302 route ploughing into a doctor’s surgery in Kensal Rise because of the snow.

If management refuse to respond to workers’ concerns the next step will be a postal ballot for action.

East London

A significant minority of workers at the East London Bus Group (ELBG) has voted for more strikes in their campaign against a pay freeze.

Workers were balloted on three options: more strikes (which got 695 votes), a pay freeze (427 votes), or a £300 one-off payment with worse conditions (313 votes).

Strikes got the largest number of votes among the three options, but not quite a majority overall.

ELBG workers struck for several days before Christmas.

The strikes saw

well-supported and active picketing.

But the lack of a clear lead from Unite alongside a complicated ballot has meant that some workers were unsure about the way forward.

Those who voted to strike need to keep up the pressure and convince other drivers that strike action is the best way to win their demands.

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Tue 2 Feb 2010, 19:19 GMT
Issue No. 2187
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