Bus strikes still going ahead this week, says Unite

The bus strike planned for Thursday (15 April 2021) is still going ahead, according to the trade union Unite.

Thursday’s strike is affecting the same routes across west and south-west London as the strike last week (7 April). Services will return to normal at 6.00am on 16 April.

Two buses which go through Chiswick, the 94 and 440, will be directly affected. Other areas most affected by the strikes include: White City/Shepherds Bush, Acton, Heathrow, Hounslow, Kingston, Richmond, Surbiton, Wimbledon and Sutton.

Drivers fear losing £2,000 a year due to changes that would see them no longer receiving pay for breaks or time spent waiting for their bus to arrive. Instead, they would only be paid for time spent “logged in” to their vehicles.

Though there has been no progress in talks between drivers and the bus operator RATP, more negotiations will take place on Wednesday (14 April). Talks have previously broken down following proposed pay offers from RATP which Unite said were “dramatically below” union members’ expectations.

RATP maintained their pay offers have been “fair” and accused Unite of not presenting their offers to their members.

‘Check before you travel’ – TfL

If you plan to travel on the day of the strike, TfL recommend to check your online whilst allowing more time for your journey. You can use TfL’s journey planner to make sure your bus is running and use status updates to check any bus route in London

Where possible, TfL ask commuters to consider walking or cycling to local destinations, or other transport alternatives. Santander cycles can be hired in Putney and Hammersmith for journeys into central London.

All of the routes affected are listed below:

Day routes : 33, 65, 70, 71, 72,110, 111, 116, 203, 216, 223, 224, 265, 266, 283, 371, 406, 411, 418, 419, 423, 440, 465, C1, H22, H32, H37, H98, K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, S3.

School and night routes : 613, 662, 665, 671, 681, 696, N18, N33, N65, N72, N266.

24-hour routes: 148, 220, 281, 111, 85, 94.

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See also: More bus garages vote for strike action after talks break down

See also: Bus strike cancelled at the last minute

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