Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/982/26870

From The Socialist newspaper, 14 February 2018

Sadiq Khan's bus drivers' London licence doesn't go far enough

London bus workers demonstration outside City Hall 14 September 2017, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson

London bus workers demonstration outside City Hall 14 September 2017, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Mo, London bus driver

London bus drivers held strikes across London three years ago demanding a single pay structure across various bus companies. There were - and still are - many different rates both between and within private operating companies. We demanded one London-wide pay structure. After two days of strikes, the action was suspended.

Labour's Sadiq Khan spoke to London bus workers when he stood for London mayor and promised - if elected - to deliver strikers' demands through negotiations. He also promised a 'Passport for London' where bus drivers would no longer have to go back to a starter rate if changing companies.

A majority of Unite the Union reps decided to support him because of his promises. Although, some of us wanted to rely on industrial strength rather than politicians promises.

After Khan was elected he announced in December 2016 the minimum starter rate of 23,000 a year for all new London drivers. Bus workers pointed out that some companies were already paying that because they could not attract workers for less!

He announced a 'License for London' which should start "no later than April 2017". He said: "From now on drivers can start at a new company at a pay grade equivalent to their level of service and experience".

Drivers understood this to be a temporary step until a London-wide structure could be implemented.

In reality, the License for London didn't start until January 2018. It did not guarantee a driver to be accepted at their new chosen company and has complicated eligibility requirements with an application process.

Meanwhile, London bus drivers have not heard about the London-wide pay structure.

The concessions we've won are a direct result of our industrial action. Unite intends to consult the drivers to resume our industrial action if Khan does not fulfil his promises.

The Socialist Party demands that London's buses and all public transport be run under democratic public control and ownership.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 14 February 2018:


Socialist Party news and analysis

We can win the fight for the NHS

Stop press: victory - campaign saves NHS rehab ward

McDonnell says Labour would put services 'irreversibly' in workers' hands

Tamil youth march for justice

Rent doubles in a decade: cap rents, build council homes!

What we saw: Tory-Blairite EU love-in


Oxfam scandal

Oxfam scandal: we need democratic aid and working class solidarity


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

How should TUSC approach the local elections and Brexit negotiations?


Socialist history

Czechoslovakia 1968: 'Prague Spring' challenges Stalinism


International socialist news and analysis

Cape Town drought

Brazil: Lula conviction confirmed

Big political strike against Finnish government's attack on unemployed

France: rallies in support of oppressed Kurdish people


Workplace news and analysis

UCU uni strike: coordinate public sector fightback

Sadiq Khan's bus drivers' London licence doesn't go far enough

Newham teachers strike again as anti-academy pressure mounts

Woolwich Crossrail walkouts to demand promised bonuses

Threat of action defeats pay cut at Surrey council


Socialist Party campaigns

Haringey protests HDV - but Labour fails to kill it off completely

Staines fire services saved

Carlisle debate - socialism or social democracy?

Enjoyable and successful Cardiff Refugee Rights gig


Opinion

I'm now a 'manager' and I can barely manage!

In Windsor none of us want to see homeless people on the street


 

Home   |   The Socialist 14 February 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

London:

triangleYouth strike for the climate: "There's no planet B"

triangle'Spot' conference opposes authoritarianism in Turkey

triangleWalthamstow Socialist Party: Northern Ireland - the governmental crisis, the border poll and Brexit

triangleWalthamstow Socialist Party: The right to protest

Unite:

triangleWorkplace and union news in brief

triangleGlasgow: nationalise the threatened 'Caley' railway depot

trianglePCS Left Unity chooses Chris Baugh - unite behind the left AGS and NEC slate

triangleSolid strike by Arriva bus drivers

Buses:

triangleFatal bus crash - an avoidable tragedy

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangle"Horrendous" - Bristol's privatised buses

Public transport:

triangleFresh inquest into killer air pollution: nationalise energy and public transport!

triangleHomelessness, Universal Credit misery, high rents, cramped flats, isolated estates...end the housing crisis!

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

15/2/19

Climate change

Youth strike for the climate: "There's no planet B"

13/2/19

Turkey

'Spot' conference opposes authoritarianism in Turkey

13/2/19

Liverpool

Liverpool: 200 march to commemorate Robert Tressell

13/2/19

Nottingham

300 turn out for Corbyn in Nottingham marginal

13/2/19

Socialist Party

Why I joined: "why is their life so different from mine?"

13/2/19

Tamil Solidarity

Arrest Brigadier Fernando - defend the right to protest

13/2/19

Newham

Newham: women's refuge funds halved - Labour must use the 500m reserves

13/2/19

Southampton

Southampton: Labour plans 15m cuts - vote Socialist in Coxford by-election

13/2/19

Union

Workplace and union news in brief

13/2/19

Enfield

Enfield: striking against academisation - fighting for a no-cuts budget

13/2/19

Leicester

Leicester college workers refuse to accept cut in terms and conditions

13/2/19

Glasgow

Glasgow: nationalise the threatened 'Caley' railway depot

13/2/19

PCS

Fight for a socialist-led PCS - fight to win the national pay campaign

13/2/19

RMT

Heroic RMT guards beat back Northern rail in fight against dangerous driver-only operation

13/2/19

Birmingham

Victory to Birmingham bin workers

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999