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Unite union leave out bus company from 24-hour London strike

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 January 2015

A bus strike has been called by the Unite union for January 13 in London (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

A bus strike has been called by the Unite union for January 13 in London (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Bus drivers eager to show their support in the 24-hour strike earlier this week have been left ‘fuming’ after their trade union decided to exclude them from the ballet.

The employees of Arriva Southern County and members of Unite union were left out despite Transport for London (TfL) controlling several of the routes run by bus company.

A 45-year-old bus driver from Grays who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I am going to leave the union when I get the earliest opportunity.

“It is beyond a joke that we have not been able to express ourselves.”

Unite union announced industrial action last week, in support of the long-running campaign for a single pay agreement to replace the current model, which includes 80 different rates.

Companies including Stagecoach, Tower Transit and Metroline which run 94per cent of London buses, took to the streets in favour of the campaign.

But Arriva Southern County – which runs the 66, 346, 370, 375 and the 499 bus routes through Havering – was one of the few not to be involved in the strike.

A 37-year-old bus driver who has been working at Arriva for 17 years and wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I know I’m not the only one that is fuming about this.

“We have every right to say exactly what we think about how much we are receiving as well as our colleagues.

“It isn’t fair to leave us out when our opinion matters just as

much.”

A spokesman from Unite union, said: “Because a large proportion of work done by this operator falls outside of London, we took the decision to exclude it from the industrial action ballot.

“This was done to avoid a legal challenge to the strike.”

Bus drivers went on strike on January 13.

No further strike dates have been added but for the latest information on travel visit tfl.gov.uk


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