Bus strikes planned for west London in November and December

Image above: Buses in Chiswick High Road; photograph Ian Wylie

Bus drivers to strike for six days over the next two months

Unite has announced planned strike actions set to affect several bus routes in London on two days in November and four days in December. The strikes will primarily impact west London, with some routes expected to see little or no service during these disruptions.

Strikes will take place on 10 and 13 November and 1, 4, 22 and 23 December. Unite said the industrial action will escalate if the dispute is not resolved.

There will be a limited or no bus service on the affected routes from approximately 5.00am on strike days until 6.00am the day after each strike. Additionally, other local bus, Tube, and rail services in the west London area may experience higher demand than usual.

The workers are based at the Westbourne Park Garage and constitute approximately 1.5% of London’s overall bus services. The strikes will impact the 13, 23, 28, 218, 295, 414, 452 and N28 routes.

The majority of London’s bus network will operate as usual during the strike days. Many of the roads will still be served by buses on alternative routes. Transport for London (TfL) say they are making every effort to minimise the disruption caused by the strike.

TfL advises customers to plan ahead, allocate extra time for their journeys, and check for updates before travelling.

Image above: Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham

Disruption is inevitable, says Unite

TfL say have appealed to both Unite and RATP in order to seek a resolution to the dispute.

Louise Cheeseman, TfL’s Director of Buses, offered this statement:

“If this action goes ahead, there will still be travel options for people in west London and other parts of the capital. Other routes may be busier than normal, and we’re encouraging everyone who might be affected to plan ahead, allow extra time for their journeys, and check before they travel using our website or the TfL Go app.

“We encourage both parties to find a solution to this dispute to avoid disruption to Londoners. We’re sorry for any disruption to people’s journeys.”

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said:

“RATP is a massive multinational company. It can absolutely afford to table an acceptable pay increase and does not to need to attack workers’ terms and conditions.

“Unite is totally focused on defending and improving our members’ jobs, pay and conditions. The workers at RATP have their union’s total backing during these strikes.”

Unite regional officer Michelle Braveboy said:

“Strike action will inevitably cause disruption to passengers but this is entirely the fault of London Transit and RATP’s management. They have had every opportunity to resolve this dispute but have failed to do so.”

For further information on the strike and tools to assist in planning journeys see: TfL Strike Information.