London Bus Service Strikes Planned for Late February, Unite Says

Bus strikes which may disrupt services across London are planned for later this month, the union Unite said in a statement.

The strike action would involve bus drivers employed by French-owned company RATP, which operates three subsidiaries in the London bus network -- London United, London Sovereign and Quality Line, according to Unite. Close to 2,000 bus drivers are involved in the dispute.

London United workers are set to strike on Feb. 22-24; workers at Quality Line on Feb. 22-23; and those at London Sovereign on Feb. 22, according to the Unite statement.

Unite claims RATP is using the Covid-19 pandemic to impinge on the terms and conditions of the drivers at London United. Workers at Quality Line and London Sovereign are striking over pay.

Separately, Unite said it’s set to announce shortly that it will be balloting its 4,000 plus members at Metroline, over the Singapore-owned company’s proposals to introduce remote sign on.

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