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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 September 2020

London bus drivers poised for strike action

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The Unite union is in the process of preparing to formally ballot all its bus drivers employed by Singapore-owned Metroline in a dispute over 'remote signing on'.

Unite describes this as a huge "experiment with the capital's vital transport system", and designed for profits not passengers.

Affected workers have described the proposals as a massive "slap in the face" to drivers who are still recovering from the pandemic in which 29 drivers died, and many more are still unable to return to work due to the debilitating effects of the illness.

Unite represents more than 4,000 drivers at the company (16% of all London bus drivers), which dominates routes in the north and the west of London.

By introducing remote signing on, drivers would not report to a depot but would meet their bus and begin work at a location such as a bus stop.

Unite is opposed to remote signing on because of the following:

In a consultative ballot at both Metroline companies, Unite members recorded a 99.2% vote in favour of industrial action at Metroline West and 97.8% at Metroline Travel.

Unite is now in the process of organising a full industrial action ballot, and if a settlement isn't reached strikes could begin this autumn.

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