London bus workers gear up for two 24-hour strikes over imposition of roster changes

24 August 2016

From Unite: London bus workers at the bus operator Tower Transit will be staging the first of two 24-hour stoppages this Friday (26 August), over the imposition of roster changes and a failure by an increasingly hard line management to commit to constructive industrial relations, Britain’s largest union Unite announced today (Wednesday 24 August).

Over 1,000 drivers, engineers and controllers at the Atlas Road bus depot in Park Royal, the Westbourne Park bus garage and the Lea interchange bus depot are involved in the dispute which affects 28 bus routes (see notes) and follows an 89.8 per cent vote in favour of strike action.

The second 24-hour stoppage of the dispute is scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday (29 August) disrupting Notting Hill carnival goers planning to travel by bus. The stoppages follow mounting frustration among workers, who are angry over a lack of consultation over roster changes which are leaving them out of pocket, as well as the non-payment of correct rest day working pay rates.

The two strikes are expected to affect services from the very early hours on Friday 26 and Monday 29 August as drivers scheduled to start their shifts stay away from work.

Commenting Unite regional officer Simon McCartney 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.

“Our members take great pride in keeping London on the move 24 hours a day and deserve better. Tower Transit management needs to start listening to its workforce and adopt a more constructive approach by engaging positively with Unite to resolve this dispute.”


For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

Routes and garages affected:

  • Atlas Road bus depot
  • Atlas Road
  • Park Royal NW10 6DN
  • Routes 28, 31, 266, 328, N28 and N31 jointly with Westbourne Park garage.
  • Westbourne Park Bus Garage
  • Great Western Road
  • London W9 3NW
  • Routes 23, 70 and N97 as well as sharing an allocation on routes 28, 31 and 328 with Atlas Road.
  • Lea Interchange bus depot
  • 151 Ruckholt Road
  • Leyton E10 5PB
  • Routes 25, 30, 58, 69, 212, 236, 308, 339, 425, 444, 488, RV1, W14, W15, N550 and N551

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