Bus Company Settles Dispute with 18% Pay Rise for Drivers

Abellio strike ends after staff vote to accept offer

Abellio buses. Picture: Unite


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The ongoing dispute involving bus drivers working for Abellio on routes across west and south west London has ended.

Over 1,800 were involved in industrial action over the last two months which saw services disrupted on over 20 days but members of the Unite union have now voted to accept the latest deal.

Drivers with over two years’ experience will see their hourly rate rise to £18 representing an 18% increase.

The agreement also includes increases to all rates including overtime and rest day working. Negotiations over the last few weeks also saw an increase to the rate for new starters, increased rates for Saturday/Sunday working. The £18 per hour rate will also be given to drivers who transferred to Abellio under TUPE legislation and had not previously been made the offer.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “This is an important pay victory. Workers have stood firm and with the support of their union, Unite, they have secured a richly deserved pay increase.

“Unite’s constant focus on the jobs, pay and conditions of our members is continuing to deliver increased pay awards for workers.”

In addition to the pay increase, the union’s campaign has resulted in one of Unite’s reps being reinstated after they had initially been dismissed on charges the union says had been trumped up. It had made any settlement conditional on the reinstatement of this person.

The deal is believed to have move Abellio drivers to being one of the poorest paid on London’s bus network to now receiving one of the top daily rates.

A spokesperson from Abellio London said, “We are delighted that our drivers have now accepted the substantial pay rise we put in place in early January. This will see an increase in pay for all of our drivers, with a base rate rise of as much as 18% for some grades, equating to around £100 per week increase.

“We are proud that this makes us one of the highest paying operators in London with a new starter salary of c£32,000 moving to c£40,000 after two years’ service. It was disappointing that strikes unnecessarily continued into February despite this fantastic offer being made at the beginning of the year.

“It brings to an end a difficult period of industrial action which has been tough for the company, our drivers and our customers. With the issue now settled we look forward to continuing to offer Londoners outstanding service on our routes while making innovations on sustainable public transport.”

Routes Operated by Abellio




Crystal Palace - West Dulwich - Brixton - Kennington - Westminster - Trafalgar Square


Hampstead Heath - Camden Town - Tottenham Court Road - Westminster - Victoria - Pimlico


Hammersmith - Kensington - Paddington - Camden Town - Chalk Farm


Clapham Park - Brixton Hill - Brixton - Camberwell - Walworth - Elephant & Castle


Honor Oak - Peckham - Trafalgar Avenue - Elephant & Castle - Blackfriars - King's Cross


West Norwood - Herne Hill - Camberwell - Walworth - Elephant & Castle - Waterloo - Aldwych - Holborn - Euston


Croydon - Norbury - Streatham - Brixton


Heathrow Airport Central - Cranford - Heston - Hounslow - Hanworth - Hampton - Hampton Court - Kingston


New Addington – Addington – Shirley Park – Norwood Junction – Thornton Heath


Wimbledon - Southfields - Wandsworth - Clapham Junction - Queenstown Road - Vauxhall


Streatham – Brixton – Kennington – Westminster – Oxford Circus


Charville Lane - Wood End - Hayes - Bulls Bridge - Southall - Ealing Hospital - Hanwell - Boston Manor - Brentford


Norwood Junction – West Norwood – Herne Hill – Brixton – Stockwell – Vauxhall – Elephant & Castle


Morden - Mitcham Road - Mitcham - Streatham - Streatham Hill - Tulse Hill Station - Thurlow Park Road - Herne Hill


Hayes By-Pass - Hanwell - Ealing - Acton - Shepherd's Bush - White City


Fulwell - Twickenham - Isleworth - Brentford - Turnham Green - Hammersmith


Mitcham - Tooting - Earlsfield - Wandsworth - Putney Bridge


Ruislip - Ickenham - Hillingdon - Hayes End - Wood End - Hayes - Harlington - Heathrow Central


Heathrow Airport Central - Hatton Cross - Feltham - Uxbridge Road - Hampton Hill - Teddington - Kingston


West Norwood Station - York Hill - Gleneldon Road - Streatham - Bedford Hill - Balham


Crystal Palace - Gipsy Hill - West Dulwich - West Norwood - Herne Hill - Railton Road - Brixton - Clapham Common


Clapham Junction - Battersea - Vauxhall - Lambeth - Elephant & Castle - Southwark Bridge - Liverpool Street Station


Peckham - Camberwell - Brixton - Stockwell - Clapham Common - Clapham Junction - Battersea - South Kensington


Hayes and Harlington Station - Heathrow Terminal 5 via Stockley Park, West Drayton and Harmondsworth


Bromley - Shortlands - Beckenham - Elmers End - Shirley Oaks - Addiscombe - West Croydon


Waterloo (County Hall) - Peckham Bus Station via London Bridge, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe


Caterham - Whyteleafe - Purley - South Croydon - Croydon - Waddon - Wallington Green - Carshalton - Sutton


Tulse Hill • Brixton • Kennington • Elephant & Castle • Old Kent Road, Tesco


Uxbridge - Ealing Hospital - Ealing Broadway - Acton


Addington Interchange - Forestdale - Selsdon Vale - Selsdon - Croham Valley - Croydon


Tatsfield Village / Old Ship - New Addington Tram Stop


Southall – Convent Way – Hounslow West – Hatton Cross – Heathrow (Terminal 4) – Heathrow (Terminal 5)


Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 - Heathrow Airport Cargo Area - Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 - Hatton Cross - Feltham - Staines Road - Twickenham - Richmond - Richmond Pools on the Park


Gladstone Avenue Whitton - Roehampton Vale / Asda


Canada Water – Rotherhithe – Bermondsey – Elephant & Castle – Lambeth Bridge – Pimlico – Victoria


Southall, Toplocks Estate – Perivale, Tesco


Ruislip Station – Earling Broadway, Haven Greem


Islip Manor - Northolt - Smith's Farm - Ferrymead - Greenford - Castlebar Hill - Ealing


Greenford - Elthorne Heights - Castle Bar Park - West Ealing - Ealing - Warwick Drive


Hounslow - Ivybridge via Worton Road


Hatton Cross - Butts Farm via Bedfont, Feltham and Hanworth


Hatton Cross - Sparrow Farm via Bedfont, Bedfont Lakes and Feltham


Bulls Bridge - Osterley (Tesco) via Heston, Hounslow and Spring Grove


Nine Elms Patmore Estate - Lansdowne Way - Stockwell - Clapham North - Bedford Road - Brixton - Loughborough Park - Myatts Fields - Brandon Estate - Walworth - Elephant & Castle


Streatham - Downton Avenue - Tulse Hill Station - Dulwich Common - Underhill Road - East Dulwich Sainsbury's - Avondale Rise - Peckham - New Cross Gate Sainsbury's


Kew Retail Park - Hampton Court via Richmond, Twickenham and Teddington


Richmond - Hampton (Nurserylands) via Twickenham, Hampton Hill and Hanworth


Roundshaw - Woodcote Green - Wallington - Belmont - Sutton - Benhilton - St Helier


Hayes - Stockley Park - Stockley Estate - West Drayton - Falling Lane - Colham Green - Pield Heath - Cowley - Uxbridge


Uxbridge - Hayes Retail Park via Brunel University, Hillingdon Hospital and Charville Lane


Uxbridge Station - Harefield Hospital via Harefield

Night Services





Oxford Circus - Bromley via Westminster, Brixton, Crystal Palace and Beckenham



Hampstead Heath - Camden Town - Tottenham Court Road - Westminster - Victoria - Pimlico



Hammersmith - Kensington - Paddington - Camden Town - Chalk Farm



Crystal Palace - Honor Oak - Peckham - Trafalgar Avenue - Elephant & Castle - Blackfriars - King's Cross



Old Coulsdon – Purley – Croydon – Thornton Heath – West Norwood – Herne Hill – Camberwell – Elephant & Castle – Waterloo – Holborn – Tottenham Court Road Station



Croydon - Norbury - Streatham - Brixton - Kennington - Westminster - Oxford Circus



Heathrow Airport Central - Cranford - Heston - Hounslow - Hanworth - Hampton - Hampton Court - Kingston



Streatham – Brixton – Kennington – Westminster – Oxford Circus



Uxbridge - Hayes End - Southall - Hanwell - Ealing - Acton - Shepherd's Bush - Oxford Circus - Holborn



Liverpool Street - Clapham Junction via Southwark, Elephant & Castle, Vauxhall and Battersea Park



Peckham Bus Station – South Kensington Station



Trafalgar Square - Peckham via Waterloo, London Bridge, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe


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February 14, 2023