Over 2,100 London bus workers set to strike over pay cuts and scheduling disputes

By Cesar Medina

10th Jul 2024 | Local News

Unite the Union's London bus staff demand 'reasonable pay offer' from multi-billion pound RATP Group (credit: Oliver Monk).
Unite the Union's London bus staff demand 'reasonable pay offer' from multi-billion pound RATP Group (credit: Oliver Monk).

Unite the Union has revealed that over 2,100 RATP bus workers in south, central and west London are "now poised to strike."

More than 300 of its London Transit staff are being balloted for strike action, bringing the total number of RATP bus workers set to strike to over 2,100.

The London Transit drivers and engineers, who are based at Westbourne Park bus garage in Notting Hill, are "angry at a three per cent pay offer."

This is a real terms pay cut, as the RPI rate of inflation was 5.1 per cent when the pay increase was supposed to be implemented in December 2023.

The dispute is also over an attempt by London Transit to impose what the union calls "an unacceptable" scheduling agreement.

In addition, around 100 London United engineers based at eight garages providing services for south, central and west London, have joined 1,600 London United drivers in balloting over pay.

The engineers have been offered 3.6 per cent, which again is a real terms pay cut.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: "RATP is a multi-billion pound company and can more than afford to put forward reasonable pay offers for its London Transit and London United workers.

"It must also properly consult with Unite to ensure that its scheduling agreements are fit for purpose. Unite is offering complete support to our members as they ballot for strike action."

The London Transit ballot closes on 31 July, while the London United engineers ballot closes on 1 August.

London United drivers will finish balloting on 22 July. Strike action will cause severe disruption to bus services in south, west and central London.

Unite regional officer Michelle Braveboy said: "RATP bears all the responsibility for the bus chaos its refusal to offer fair deals to London Transit and London United workers will cause.

"There is enough time left for strikes to be avoided, but that will require acceptable offers being tabled by RATP."

London United and London Transit are both part of the French state owned RATP Group, which had a turnover of €6.5 billion in 2023.

The RATP Group is one of the largest bus operators in London and is under contract to TfL (Transport for London).

     

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