Socialist Worker

London Tower Transit bus workers fight back against unequal pay

by Tony Phillips
Issue No. 2435

Tower Transit boss (centre) fails to impress the strikers

Tower Transit boss (centre) fails to impress the strikers (Pic: Alan Kenny)

Bus drivers at Tower Transit’s Lea Interchange depot in Leyton, east London, struck against attacks on their pay and conditions on Monday of last week.

More than 50 pickets and a brazier were outside the depot before dawn in freezing conditions.

The drivers are members of the Unite union.

Unite regional officer George Odo-Williams told Socialist Worker, “Our members’ take home pay is ever decreasing. 

“To be blunt, what the company is doing is a systematic deduction of our members’ wages.”

Workers are furious that bosses offered them a 

2.15 percent pay rise. It’s less than the 2.5 percent paid to drivers at Westbourne Park and Atlas Road, two west London garages run by Tower Transit. 

The company is clearly rattled by the workers’ action. 

Managing director Neil Smith appeared on the picket line with a scrap of paper offering concessions.

Workers told him to go away and submit an offer in writing to the union.

A strike involving all three garages on Monday of this week was suspended after an offer of new talks.

Negotiations were set to take place this week.

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