London bus drivers to strike this week in row over pay and conditions

Greater than 2,000 members of the Unite union who’re employed by French-owned RATP will take motion from Monday.

Unite officer Michelle Braveboy mentioned phrases and circumstances are being “attacked”, with some drivers dealing with a pay lower of £2,500 a yr.

She added that the strikes will trigger “severe disruption” to providers.

RATP operates three subsidiaries throughout the London bus community, London United, London Sovereign and High quality Line.

Staff at London United, which supplies bus providers in south and west London, will strike for 3 days from Monday, whereas these at High quality Line, based mostly at a depot in Epsom, Surrey, will take motion on Monday and Tuesday.

Unite members at London Sovereign, which runs providers in north-west London, will stroll out on Monday and once more on March 3.

Ms Braveboy mentioned: “Our members haven’t any possibility apart from to battle again towards these assaults, whereas recognising the disruption triggered.

“They’re reluctant to take strike motion at a time of nationwide emergency, however really feel they’ve been pushed towards the wall.”

It expects 59 day routes, six 24-hour routes, six night time routes and 9 faculty routes, primarily in south west London, can be impacted by the strike.

TfL mentioned it should guarantee as many bus providers run as attainable however prospects in west, south west and north west London and elements of Surrey and Hertfordshire are suggested to verify earlier than they journey from Monday.


Regular providers are anticipated to renew on Thursday morning.

Claire Mann, director of Bus Operations at TfL, mentioned: “Prospects ought to verify earlier than they journey and go away extra time for his or her journeys, whereas remembering the Authorities’s recommendation to proceed to remain at dwelling if they will.

“We urge all events to sit down down and discuss via the problems to attempt to resolve them as quickly as attainable.”

Further reporting by PA Media.

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