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London bus drivers to strike against ‘pitiful’ pay offers

UNITE announced a London bus strike today, accusing operator RATP of using the pandemic to force through “pitiful” pay offers.

Nearly 2,000 bus drivers employed by the French-owned company, which operates subsidiaries London United, London Sovereign and Quality Line, are set to withdraw their labour.

Drivers at London United, which provides services in south and west London, will walk out between February 22 and 24 against the introduction of zero-hours contracts.

Unite members at London Sovereign, which operates in the north-west of the capital, will strike on February 22 after workers were offered a 0.75 per cent pay increase — a real-terms pay cut.

And workers at Surrey’s Quality Line will strike on February 22 and 23 after being offered a wage increase of just seven pence per hour.

Unite regional officer Michelle Braveboy said: “RATP is guilty of using the cover of the pandemic to force through pitiful pay offers.

“RATP has a long history of attacking workers. Our members are drawing a line in the sand.

“They understand bus strikes will cause huge disruption but believe they have no choice.”

RATP was contacted for comment.

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