A ballot of over 4,000 London bus drivers working for Metroline is continuing. The vote is due to close on 9 April. The dispute centres on the company’s plan to impose a remote sign-on system, which the workers’ union, Unite, says could lead to pay cuts and decreased safety.
Meanwhile, drivers working for London United, a subsidiary of French firm RATP, struck again on 17 March, in a dispute over pay and conditions. However, planned strikes of drivers at Quality Line and London Sovereign, also RATP subsidiaries, were called off as Unite began a referendum on the employers’ latest offer. Should the offer be rejected, further strikes are planned on 24 and 31 March.
Unite bus workers at Go North West in Manchester are continuing their strike against a “fire and rehire” plan. The strike reached its 20th day on Friday 19 March.
• Bus driver and RMT union rep Declan Clune, who was sacked by Bluestar in Southampton for raising safety concerns, will speak at an online rally, alongside unfairly sacked Tube driver and RMT rep Gary Carney, at 7pm on 24 March. The RMT has called Declan’s sacking “an attack on the foundation of our union structure and on our representatives who come forward to ensure members receive the best possible advice, support and help at work.” Details here