Bus strikes suspended as drivers consider new pay offer

Planned bus strikes which were meant to go ahead on Monday (26 April) have been suspended, following a revised pay offer given to drivers.

Bus drivers employed by London United, a subsidiary of French company RATP, based at seven depots in South and West London have been involved in a series of recent London-wide strikes in a dispute over pay.

Drivers feared 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 have been paid for time spent “logged in” to their vehicles.

Strike action has been suspended so that details of the revised offer can be finalised. Once the offer is finalised, members of the Unite union who have been involved in the industrial action will be balloted on the proposed pay deal.

The strike would have affected 53 routes across south and west London, including the 94 and 440 which travel through Chsiwick. Unite have said if the offer is rejected by the drivers, strike action scheduled for May 6 and 7 will go ahead.

‘Positive development’ – says Unite

Unite regional officer Michelle Braveboy said:

“The revised offer made by RATP is a positive development and therefore strike action has been suspended to finalise the deal.

“If the offer is agreed by members, future industrial action will be called off.

“From the very beginning of this dispute Unite has always been clear that these matters could and should be resolved through negotiation.”

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

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

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