A total of 30 bus routes will be out of action again this May as another strike is planned due to an ongoing pay dispute. Around 1,000 drivers at Croydon, Brixton, Norwood and Thornton Heath bus garages will not sign on for their shifts for three days. It follows a two-day strike that took place at the end of March.
The striking drivers have been offered a three per cent pay rise offer by employer Arriva London, which they believe is unacceptable as inflation is currently around eight per cent. The offer is double the initial 1.5 per cent Arriva put forward prior to the first round of strikes. Bus drivers are not directly employed by Transport for London (TfL) under the current franchising system so do not receive the 8.4 per cent pay rise Mayor Sadiq Khan agreed to earlier this year.
Unite union regional officer John Murphy said: “The bus strikes scheduled for May will undoubtedly cause disruption and delays across London but this dispute is a direct result of Arriva’s high-handed treatment of its drivers. Further strikes can still be avoided provided that Arriva returns to the negotiating table and makes an improved offer that members find acceptable.”
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Most of the disruption will centre around South London and the northern fringes of Surrey, particularly Croydon and Norwood where many of the Arriva-operated TfL routes run. Unite also claims that ongoing service cuts to the TfL bus network are reducing driver earnings as there are fewer services for them to operate.
When will the strikes take place?
The initial 24-hour strike will take place on Wednesday, May 11. Following that, there will be a 48-hour strike from Monday, May 16, to Tuesday, May 17.
Which London bus routes are affected by strikes?
The following routes will not be operating:
2: Marylebone-West Norwood
60: Streatham Station-Old Coulsdon
64: Thornton Heath Pond-New Addington (Vulcan Way)
137: Marble Arch-Streatham Hill (Telford Avenue)
157: Morden-Crystal Palace
166: Croydon-Epsom General Hospital
194: Croydon-Lower Sydenham
198: Thornton Heath-Shrublands
202: Blackheath-Crystal Palace
249: Anerley-Clapham Common
255: Balham-Pollards Hill
264: Tooting (St George’s)-Croydon
289: Elmers End-Purley
312: Norwood Junction-South Croydon (Bus Garage)
410: Wallington-Crystal Palace
417: Clapham Common-Crystal Palace
450: Lower Sydenham-Croydon
466: Addington Village-Caterham-on-the-Hill
468: Elephant & Castle (Borough Road)- South Croydon (South End)
612: Selsdon Library-Wallington Grammar School
627: Worcester Park-Wallington High School for Girls
645: Waddon-Purley Cross
685: Hamsey Green-Selsdon
689: Croydon-Orchard Park High School
N2: Marylebone-Crystal Palace
N137: Oxford Circus-Streatham Hill (Telford Avenue)
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