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Don't let judges stop bus workers from winning

Issue No. 2308

Striking bus workers from Abellio (above) and London Central in Camberwell on Friday morning  (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Striking bus workers from Abellio (above) and London Central in Camberwell on Friday morning (Pic: Socialist Worker)


Bosses at three London bus companies won a last minute High Court injunction against the Unite union on Thursday night.

But it does not apply to strikes at 17 other bus companies in the capital. Strikes there are going ahead legally.

The union had earlier announced that action by over 20,000 workers, starting at 3am on Friday, would go ahead after talks with employers broke down.

Bus firms are refusing to pay drivers an Olympic bonus granted to most other transport workers in the capital.

Bosses at Arriva the Shires, Metroline and London General bus companies ran to the courts and obtained an injunction to stop the strike. London General is part of the Go Ahead group.

It’s a disgrace, but hardly a surprise, that the law backs the bosses. It was the same in 2008 when legal action was used to derail London bus strikes.

It is vital that this time Unite leaders are not intimidated into backing off from the campaign and strikes. The planned strikes must go ahead—not only to win bonuses for drivers, but to defend workers’ rights everywhere.


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