After a summer defined by heatwaves and travel chaos across the UK by bus, rail, and tube workers on strike, Britons should prepare for more in the coming weeks.
In London, TfL has said that Abellio bus services will be hit by strikes soon.
This industrial action will mainly affect services in west and south London and comes amid news that the RMT is also planning further rail strikes in December and January.
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming bus strikes.
When is the next London bus strike?
The next bus strikes are currently planned for:
- Friday 25 & Saturday 26 November
- Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd and Saturday, December 3
- Friday 9 and Saturday, December 10
- Friday 16 and Saturday, December 17
More information is available on the TfL website.
More than 2,000 bus drivers in London employed by Arriva were due to walk out recently but were called off after successful wage negotiations.
The drivers – all of whom are members of the British union Unite – will receive an 11% pay rise from 15 October, it was announced on Friday 30 September,
In addition, they will also receive 10% back pay from April 2nd and drivers taking night shifts on December 26th will now receive an additional payment of £50.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: ‘This is a very strong result and establishes what can be achieved when union members stand together in unity.
“This agreement shows how Unite’s total focus on jobs, pay and conditions is paying direct dividends for our members.”
Which bus routes will be affected by the strike?
TfL has said that the following day routes will be affected by strike: 3, 27, 45, 63, 68, 109, 130, 156, 195, 196, 201, 207, 267, 270, 278, 315, 322, 350, 350, 361, 367, 350, 367 , 427, 433, 464, 482, 490, 969, C10, E5, E7, E10, E11, H20, H25, H28, H26, P5, P13, R68, R70, S4, U5, U7, U9.
The night routes to be affected are: N3, N27, N63, N68, N109, N207, N381
Finally, the 24-hour routes set to be disrupted by strikes are: 24, 111, 159, 285, 344, 345
One school route, 671, will also be disrupted, and TfL also warns that ‘Route 481 will operate, but with fewer services on weekdays from 07:30-08:00 and from 15:00-16:00. Remaining services will be busier than normal.’
Why are bus workers on strike?
As has been the case in many industries, bus drivers have gone on strike over a pay dispute amid the huge rise in inflation the country has seen.
Many other industries, such as the legal profession and railway workers, have also resorted to industrial action.
In the UK, nurses have been the latest sector to vote to go on strike.
Strikes by other transport unions have been successful, as Aviva Yorkshire saw an agreed pay rise for its workers.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: ‘This was a fantastic result for our members. Through their unity and determination, they have ensured that Arriva more than doubled its original offer.’
“Unite is the union that always puts its members’ jobs, pay and conditions first, and that approach is paying dividends as this Arriva deal shows.”
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