More travel misery as 1,600 bus drivers set to walk out on same day as tube strikers | The Sun
THERE’S more travel misery ahead as more than 1,600 London bus drivers are set to take industrial action over pay.
Members of Unite employed by London United will walk out on August 19 and 20, the same days as strikes on London Underground and the railways.
The union said strike action was a result of the company offering a pay increase of 3.6 per cent in 2022 and 4.2 per cent next year, which it described as a real terms pay cut because of the soaring rate of inflation.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: "The parent company RATP is fabulously wealthy and it can fully afford to pay our members a decent wage increase.
"Unite's members play a crucial role in keeping London moving and they are not going to accept seeing their pay constantly eroded.
"Unite does what it says on the trade union tin and always defends the jobs, pay and conditions of its members.
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"Our members at London United will receive the union's complete support until this dispute is resolved and a fair pay offer secured."
The RMT union announced the action on the Underground in late July, just hours before a Network Rail walk-out.
Network Rail strikes will also take place on August 18 and 20.
Rail passengers are being urged to brace for more misery in the months ahead.
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Network Rail says the RMT has walked away from a two-year, eight per cent pay deal with no compulsory redundancy guarantee.
Ministers are planning to push ahead with minimum service legislation which will ensure the public who rely on the railways are not cut off from work and vital appointments.
Meanwhile, British Airways pilots are also threatening to leave their posts this summer. The action could see nearly all flights grounded.
Workers say they'll walk out over a disagreement over wages after taking a salary cut of 20 per cent in 2020 to prevent pandemic-caused job losses.
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In July, millions of Brits were told to stay at home as strikes caused a week of commuter mayhem.
And Mr Lynch warned last month that chaos will continue unless the Government caves to union demands.
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