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London bus drivers are up for a fight against transport bosses

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Issue 2438
London bus picket
London bus picket (Pic: Socialist Worker)

The Unite union’s campaign for equal pay for drivers across London’s 18 bus companies is expected to take a step forward.

Socialist Worker understands that more action could be called this week.

The drivers’ 24-hour strike just over two weeks ago showed the power they have to win this battle against transport bosses.

One Unite rep told Socialist Worker, “Our strike was brilliant and the turnout was better than many expected.

“This will get stronger if we quickly call sustained action. Drivers are up for this fight and now want to get more involved in the campaign.”

At least three quarters of the capital’s buses weren’t running, even according to the most hopeful statements from Transport for London (TfL) bosses.

They said a third of services ran—but their own figures contradicted this claim.

It’s good that Unite has begun the fight for equal pay across London. The union should now involve as many of its members as possible to build stronger action. 

And everyone should continue to build solidarity and help the drivers win their fight.

A victory for London bus drivers will build confidence among other workers and show how to fight Tory attacks on pay.

Union calls off DLR strike after winning new deal

A 48-hour strike by RMT union members on London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) this week was called off after talks, and the strike threat, resolved the dispute.

Workers being reassigned to different jobs without consent will now be brought back in-house. Inferior policies on maternity and paternity leave will revert to existing agreements, with any future review done through consultation. 

Nothing was said about a disputed longer waiting period for full sick pay entitlement.

Outstanding health and safety issues are to be worked out at meetings with RMT health and safety reps.


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