Four More Days of Strikes on Buses Planned

Industrial action by London United drivers set to continue into May

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The dispute between drivers at London United and the bus operator RATP looks set to continue with no indication that that a settlement has been reached.

After the latest day of disruption on Thursday 15 April, further strikes are planned for Friday 23 April, Monday 26 April, Friday 7 May and Saturday 8 May.

Earlier this month drivers at the Stamford Brook and Hounslow Heath garages voted to joint the dispute meaning that all seven London United garages will be on strike. This means more routes will be affected than during industrial action at the beginning of the dispute.

Negotiations broke down earlier this month when the company’s proposed pay offers to resolve the 2019 and 2020 pay claims were below the drivers’ expectations. Their union Unite is claiming that management tried to insert controversial clauses into drivers’ contracts.

The drivers at Stamford Brook and Hounslow Heath, both initially voted for strike action but were unable to join the other London United garages as they failed to reach the level of turnout for the vote which is required by law. A reballot saw this hurdle reached at both garages.

Unite regional officer Michelle Braveboy said, "This is a significant and welcome development, the strike action will now intensify.

"This vote is a clear message to RATP’s management that bus drivers will continue to strike until they secure a fair settlement.

"The drivers who have been considered key workers throughout the dispute are rightly asking how on earth RATP believes it is acceptable to cut drivers' pay in real terms and undermine their conditions, when they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep London moving.

RATP said its offer “includes the best possible pay rise above inflation and no changes to terms and conditions”, and that its London bus operators have made losses for the last two years.

Routes Affected By The Strike

Route Operator Type
9 London United Day Route
33 London United Day Route
65 London United Day Route
70 London United Day Route
71 London United Day Route
72 London United Day Route
110 London United Day Route
111 London United Day Route
116 London United Day Route
203 London United Day Route
211 London United Day Route
216 London United Day Route
223 London United Day Route
224 London United Day Route
265 London United Day Route
266 London United Day Route
272 London United Day Route
283 London United Day Route
371 London United Day Route
406 London United Day Route
411 London United Day Route
418 London United Day Route
419 London United Day Route
423 London United Day Route
440 London United Day Route
465 London United Day Route
C1 London United Day Route
E3 London United Day Route
H22 London United Day Route
H32 London United Day Route
H37 London United Day Route
H91 London United Day Route
H98 London United Day Route
K1 London United Day Route
K2 London United Day Route
K3 London United Day Route
K4 London United Day Route
K5 London United Day Route
S3 London United Day Route
School and night routes

Route Operator Type
613 London United School Route
662 London United School Route
665 London United School Route
671 London United School Route
681 London United School Route
696 London United School Route
697 London United School Route
698 London United School Route
N9 London United Night Route
N18 London United Night Route
N33 London United Night Route
N65 London United Night Route
N72 London United Night Route
N266 London United Night Route

24 hour routes

Route Operator Type
105 London United 24 hour route
148 London United 24 hour route
220 London United 24 hour route
281 London United 24 hour route
111 London United 24 hour route
85 London United 24 hour route
94 London United 24 hour route


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April 24, 2021