More bus strikes this weekend

Image above: library image of London buses

Strikes coincide with Notting Hill Carnival 

Over 1,600 bus drivers based in West and South London are set to walk out for a second time on Sunday 28 August and Monday 29 August.

Initial strike action by Unite took place on west London’s buses on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August, contributing to the significant congestion along Chiswick High Road.

The strike will coincide with Notting Hill Carnival and many of the affected routes are in that area.

Sixty-three routes London’s bus network will be affected, mainly in west and south London. 480 bus routes will be operating as normal.

The routes affected by strike action are:

9, 18, 33, 49, 65, 70, 71, 72, 85, 94, 105, 110, 116, 117, 148, 203, 211, 216, 220, 223, 224, 235, 258, 265, 266, 272, 281, 283, 290, 293, 371, 404, 406, 411, 418, 419, 423, 440, 465, 467, 470, 481, C1, E1, E3, H17, H22, H32, H37, H91, H98, K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, N9, N18, N33, N65, N72, N266, S3.

Image above: bus driver picket at Stamford Brook bus garage

RATP refuse to pay decent wages, say Unite

The striking workers are employed by a British bus company, London United, which is wholly owned by the French company RATP. RATP had a turnover of £4.8 billion in 2021 recording a profit of £174 million.

The dispute is a result of the workers only being offered a pay increase of 3.6% for 2022 and 4.2% for next year. With the real inflation rate currently standing at 12.3%, which Unite say amounts to a substantial real terms pay cut.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said:

“RATP is an incredibly wealthy company it can fully afford to pay its workers a decent pay increase but it is refusing to do so.

“Our members play a vital role in keeping London moving and they are not going to accept a real terms pay cut when they are already worried about how to make ends meet.

“Our members will be receiving Unite’s complete support until this dispute is resolved.”

TfL call for solution to dispute

Louise Cheeseman, Director of Buses at TfL, said:

“There still will be options for people to travel in west and southwest London and parts of Surrey, but other routes may be busier than normal. We’re encouraging everyone who is aiming to travel in and around these areas this Sunday and Monday to plan ahead, check before they travel and leave more time for their journeys.

“Our website is a really easy way to check your travel, whether you’re planning to visit the Notting Hill Carnival, out and about on the bank holiday weekend, or just need to adapt your journey on the go.

“We encourage both parties to find a solution to this dispute to avoid disruption to Londoners.”

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