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London bus drivers set to strike this week over pay and working conditions

LONDON bus drivers will fight back with strikes this week following attacks on their pay and conditions.

Passengers are to face travel disruption as more than 2,000 members of the Unite union, who are employed by French-owned RATP, will take action from today.

RATP operates three subsidiaries across the London bus network — London United, London Sovereign and Quality Line.

Workers at London United, which provides bus services in south and west London, will strike for three days from today, while those at Quality Line, based at a depot in Epsom, Surrey, will take action today and tomorrow.

Unite members at London Sovereign, which runs services in north-west London, will walk out tomorrow and again on March 3.

Unite officer Michelle Braveboy said the strikes would cause “serious disruption” to services, adding that terms and conditions are being “attacked,” with some drivers facing a pay cut of £2,500 a year.

“Our members have no option other than to fight back against these attacks, while recognising the disruption caused,” she said.

“They are reluctant to take strike action at a time of national emergency, but feel they have been pushed against the wall.”


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