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Industrial round up: Bus workers go all-out for inflation-beating rise

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Bus workers, HGV drivers, mantainence workers and more are striking back or voting to strike for better pay
Issue 2824
Bus workers with Unite union marching in london against cuts to bus services while on strike for inflation-beating pay

Arriva bus workers are launching a serious phase of action (Picture: Guy Smallman)

Two thousand bus workers employed by Arriva in north London are set to launch an all-out strike soon over pay. It is scheduled to begin on Tuesday and run continuously until it wins.

The battle involves drivers in the Unite union and it will hit routes throughout north London. Arriva is owned by Deutsche Bahn which is one of the largest transport companies in the world.

The strike is a major chance to win an above‑inflation rise. But previous Arriva strikes have seen mixed results with some settlements close to inflation, others much lower.

Unite should be bringing together all the Arriva fights, not fragmenting them. And there must be no deal less than the 12.3 percent present inflation rate.

  • Around 600 bus drivers working for Arriva in Kent were set for a second strike on Friday this week.

They struck on 5  September. Further action planned for 16 and 20 September was called off because of the queen’s death. The drivers operate from depots in Gillingham, Gravesend, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells.

Generating pay at Orsted

Around 100 wind turbine maintenance workers at Orsted Energy at Barrow-in-Furness and Birkenhead will launch further strikes this week over pay. Strikes by RMT union members were set for Friday and Saturday this week. This follows a 48-hour strike on Friday and Saturday last week. 

Orsted bosses have offered just 2.5 percent extra on basic pay and no increase for shift allowances. The company does not recognise the RMT. The company can easily afford a pay rise which at least matches inflation.  

Workers are also angry about the victimisation of a worker. They say the worker was subject to detrimental treatment after reporting health and safety concerns.

Norman Meddle

Finally—free travel for tube workers

Thousands of cleaning, catering and security workers have won free travel on London’s transport network. Mayor Sadiq Khan said free travel will be extended to 5,000 low-wage workers who are part of Transport for London from April. A long campaign, including strikes by tube cleaners, helped to win this long-overdue move.

All the privatised workers should be brought back in‑house.

Strikes are on at Muller factory

HGV drivers and shunters at a Muller dairy products factory in Gloucestershire have begun their next round of action.  Unite union members struck for three days from last Thursday and were planning to walk out for three days from this Thursday. 

They are fighting imposed rota changes that milk workers’ goodwill.

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