London bus company Metroline has offered drivers a 5.2 percent pay rise, taking the basic rate to £11.50 an hour. This is a big shift from management and follows a 96 percent vote against the previous offer.
Drivers, members of Unite, the new union formed from the merger of the T&G and Amicus unions, were set to ballot on the new offer on Friday of this week. Pay was one of the central issues that was raised at the T&G London bus workers’ conference on Thursday of last week.
Around 30 bus workers from different companies across London attended the conference.
Bus workers discussed how to work more closely across the industry on the question of pay claims. There was also a discussion about campaigning for better facilities for drivers.
One bus worker pointed out that there had been promises of toilet facilities at the ends of routes for many years now, but many routes were still without such facilities.