Bus strikes set for Bank Holiday over roster changes that leave workers ‘out of pocket’

More than 1,000 drivers, engineers and controllers will strike on Friday and Monday


London bus drivers will strike on Bank Holiday weekend over roster changes that their union says will leave them ‘out of pocket’ and rearrange their family life.

Unite the Union said today that bus workers had voted by 90 per cent for two 24-hour stoppages on Friday 26 and Monday 29 over lack of consultation by ‘belligerent’ operator Tower Transit.

Over 1,000 drivers, engineers and controllers will go on strike, affecting more 30 bus services and coinciding with the annual Notting Hill Carnival.

Unite said the strikes follow ‘mounting frustration’ over the roster changes and Tower Transit’s failure to pay correct rates for overtime.

Simon McCartney, Unite regional officer, said:

‘Tower Transit bus workers have reached breaking point over an increasingly belligerent management who have turned their back on constructive consultation and dialogue.

Instead workers now face the imposition of changes to their rosters leaving them out of pocket and rearranging their family life.

To add insult to injury bus workers have also found themselves short changed when doing overtime on a rest day.’

He called on Tower Transit’s management to engage constructively with the union to resolve the dispute.

Tower Transit has yet to comment on the strike action.

Mike Weston, Transport for London’s director of buses, said he was sorry about the disruption and advised people to check the TfL website for updates.

He added: ‘We’re also encouraging Tower Transit and Unite to resolve the dispute as quickly as possible to avoid disruption to passengers’ journeys.’

See: Why are the Tories trying to ban councils from running bus services?

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