The Workers Party of Britain denounces London bus companies for using the smokescreen of the pandemic to cut drivers’ wages and supports the ongoing strike campaign.
On 22, 23 and 24 February, more than two thousand London bus drivers (from three companies, but all owned by the French RATP) are striking in defence of their pay.
In the case of the outfit covering the south and west of the capital, London United, drivers’ pay could be cut by as much as £2,500 a year. In the case of the two other companies, covering the north and west of London and Epsom, drivers have been offered a derisive ‘pay rise’ of 0.75 and 0.5 percent respectively.
Bus drivers have been risking their health every day serving the traveling public during the pandemic and do not take kindly to management choosing this moment to force through adverse changes to their pay and conditions.
They are right to make a stand, and the Workers Party of Britain fully supports the strikers.