Planned bus strike action across London’s 18 service operators has been postponed by union Unite. The strike was due to take place on Friday 13th February and Monday 16th February, but the union has expressed interest in securing a dialogue with bus companies. It hopes to negotiate a solution to current pay disparities during these talks.
The BBC reports that bus driver salaries can vary from £17,000 to £25,000 depending on what provider they work for, and which routes they serve. Transport for London has warned that creating a level pay system could cost upt to £100 million more each year.
We’ll have more on Unite and Transport for London’s negotiations as it comes.S tay tuned for more updates.
London bus strikes continue next week as the second of three proposed staff-walk outs bears down on the city. It’s due to take place this Friday, the 13th of February as a result of union action over uneven pay across several service providers and routes.
Transport for London is expected to make a statement regarding the strike action – based on how it has responded to previous disruptions, so we’ll have more on which routes are and aren’t affected once we get the official line.
Last week we reported that transport unions were to hold bus strikes on Thursday, February 5, Friday 13 February and Monday 16 February. The first strike saw several routes closed and commuters were told they could use their bus passes on the London Underground, however judging by the #BusStrike tag on Twitter, this led to a great influx of tube passengers that made for an uncomfortable commute.
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