19/12/2014

London Bus Drivers Back Strike Action Over 'Unfair' Pay Disparities

London's bus drivers have backed industrial action in a dispute over 'unfair' pay disparities between the capital’s 18 bus operators, their union Unite has announced.

The vote in favour, averaging 85 per cent across the 18 companies, raises the prospect of a London wide bus strike in the new year if the capital's bus operators continue to refuse to enter talks about the formation of a single London wide agreement covering bus workers' pay, terms and conditions.

In contrast to tube drivers, there isn't one collective pay deal for bus drivers in the capital, whose pay is negotiated on a company by company basis leading to pay inequality and disparities between drivers driving the same routes.

A refusal by the bus operators to address the issue has led to pay gaps of over £3 an hour for new starters opening up with pay varying from £9.30 to £12.34 an hour depending on the company.

As well as strike action members also backed action short of a strike by 89 per cent.

(CD)




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