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Fresh London bus strikes this week in battle to protect pay and conditions

LONDON bus drivers are set to take further strike action against pay cuts, Unite confirmed today.

The 2,000 staff employed by French operator RATP at its three subsidiaries — London United, Quality Line and London Sovereign — face a real-terms loss if £2,500 a year from their wages, the union said.

RAPT has offered Sovereign drivers a pay rise of just 0.75 per cent, while Quality Line staff are set for a miserly increase of 7p an hour, Unite said.

Following three days of action last week, drivers at Sovereign, which operate routes in north-west London, will walk out on Wednesday and then March 10 and 17.

United workers in south and west London and Quality Line drivers in Surrey will strike on Friday and Saturday.

Unite regional officer Michelle Braveboy stressed that the drivers were determined to secure “a meaningful pay rise.”

She said: “London’s bus drivers have kept the city moving through successive lockdowns [and] suffered a high number of [coronavirus] deaths. It is simply disgraceful that RATP is using the cover of Covid-19 to try to force through these cuts.”

RATP has been contacted for comment.


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