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London Bus drivers strike again over three years of pay cuts

BUS drivers based at seven London United garages are to strike again tomorrow and on Monday in the face of their “stubborn” bosses’ refusal to offer a positive pay rise.

Unite announced that the stoppages would go ahead after last-ditch talks with French transnational RATP at conciliation service Acas collapsed without a “realistic” offer being made.

Further action is also scheduled for May 7 and 8 in a dispute over three years of pay erosion.

Unite organiser Michelle Braveboy blamed the stoppages on the stubbornness of RATP bosses, who are sticking to a sub-inflation offer, despite having given their UK operations boss a 54 per cent pay hike.

Ms Braveboy said: “The London United bus drivers have not received a pay rise for three years but have continued to keep London moving during three lockdowns, risking their health to do so.

“Since the beginning of this dispute, Unite has always believed that strikes could be avoided if the company was prepared to enter into meaningful negotiations.

“Unite’s views haven’t changed, but the stance of the French board needs to change dramatically to prevent further disruption to passenger journeys in the future.”

RATP was invited to comment.

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