What is the reason for the bus strike in London?
The upcoming indefinite bus strike is an outcome of a payment dispute between the government and the bus drivers’ union. The cost of living is troubling the masses, and the bus drivers are not immune to this. The bus workers are demanding a pay increase of at least 12.3 percent, which is in line with the current rate of inflation.
The bus union known as Unite has already secured a pay increase of 11.3 percent for drivers in the Merseyside metropolitan county and 13 percent for their members in British Airways. According to analysts, if the planned strike of approximately 2000 bus drivers goes ahead, it would plunge the capital’s transport network and turn northern London into chaos.
Which Arriva depots will be on strike, and on what routes?
The workers from the eight Arriva depots will be on strike, including Ash Grove, Clapton, Barking, Enfield, Edmonton, Tottenham, Palmers Green, and Wood Green. And this means about 46 routes could come to a halt.
Commenting on the issue, the regional officer of Unite, Steve Stockwell, said that Arriva has failed to address the problems of their members as they are witnessing the erosion of pay rates. He further said that the company should come to the negotiating table with a reasonable solution to meet the workers’ demands.
- How much has Arriva’s bus division in the UK allegedly paid to its parent company in Germany?
As per the claim by the bus union, the UK wing of Arriva has purportedly paid £650 million to Deutsche Bahn.
- Are there any other bus strikes in the pipeline?
The bus strike was supposed to happen in West London; however, they were postponed due to the Queen’s death.
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