The London Bus service was hit hard today
Drivers from all 18 of
There are currently 80 different rates of pay which can see differences of more than £3 an hour for drivers doing the same job.
Striker Bertolo was one of the pickets at the Abellio garage in Battersea.
He told Socialist Worker, "I could start shift at 4am and have a night shift driver ahead of me being paid £3 an hour more but I'm getting just 9p extra an hour for driving at that time.
"Our wages have been frozen but our director got a £9,000 pay rise last year."
Abellio London and Surrey Managing Director Tony Wilson was confronted by strikers at Battersea.
They asked why it was right that drivers should be paid differently, or if he thought it was fair that experience gained by drivers did not go with them should they work for another firm.
He said, "It’s all about providing an open market" and even insisted the system was "good value for the taxpayer".
On Unite's demand for sector wide negotiations he said, "The operators getting together and discussing, agreeing and setting pay rates on a common platform I believe is illegal because it would set up a cartel."
Despite the nonsense of his claim he let slip what his real worry was - that Transport for
Another striker, Pat from Arriva in
She said pressure on senior drivers had become more intense as bosses looked to push them out the job and take on newer and cheaper drivers.
"They are disciplining people for silly little things, even if you are a few minutes late, that didn't used to happen," she told Socialist Worker.
The walkout follows a previous 24-hour strike last month. Two more strikes are planned for Friday of next week, and the following Monday.
Unite described TfL’s claim that almost half of
As many as 70 strikers joined the picket at the Abellio garage in Fulwell.
Striker Donald was optimistic about the drivers’ chances of success. He told Socialist Worker, “We’ve got an impressive number out here and we think it will get some positive results.
“We think the way we are going
“If not, we will go again, put on more pressure. There’s always room for moving forward.”
He told Socialist Worker, “We have to stand up and fight this or the next generation of drivers will be worse off. They have given us no choice.
“Really we should make sure nothing moves out of the garages - if that means going all out then that's what we have to do.”