Workers at Metroline buses in London are set to vote on a derisory pay offer.
Bosses have made two pay offers. The first is a £200 lump sum for this year. The second is a £250 lump sum this year, followed by a one percent pay rise from April 2011.
Metroline can afford decent pay rises. Profits at its parent company, ComfortDelGro, rose by 1.6 percent in the three months to June this year.
The Unite union is asking its members to reject the offers. If members throw out the bosses’ proposals the union will then move to ballot for a strike.
Bus drivers at Metroline’s Holloway garage, in north London, are angry at plans to transfer 13 drivers on the W5 route to the CT Plus firm.
Drivers will be expected to move from Holloway, where some have worked for up to 40 years.
One driver told Socialist Worker, “The drivers being moved are being sacrificed to a tendering system that encourages undercutting and treats workers as ‘shuttle slaves’ to be moved around at will.”
Around 80 bus drivers employed by Kings Ferry in Kent were set to strike on Monday of this week.
The drivers, members of the Unite union, are angry at what the union calls a “measly” £2 a day pay rise that they have been offered.
Kings Ferry, part of the giant National Express group, runs 37 services between Kent and London.