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Bus drivers’ pay demo

PUBLISHED: 17:50 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:43 16 August 2010

BUS workers marched to City Hall to demand one rate of pay across all bus companies in the capital. Workers from bus companies for Transport for London (TfL) rallied over disparate salaries last Thursday. Organisers Unite the Union are calling for a sin

BUS workers marched to City Hall to demand one rate of pay across all bus companies in the capital.

Workers from bus companies for Transport for London (TfL) rallied over disparate salaries last Thursday.

Organisers Unite the Union are calling for a single rate of pay for drivers of £30,000 a year, based on a 38-hour week.

Bus driver Jim Halford, 59, of London Road, Swanley, said: "It's ridiculous to have different rates of pay. And the pay is not enough - being a London bus driver is hard. I've been shot at twice, had a knife pulled on me, and had a woman give birth on my bus. The pay needs to reflect that."

Currently the 18 London bus companies all operate with different pay structures, with pay inequalities of up to £6,000 a year.

Peter Kavanagh, Unite Senior Regional Industrial Organiser said: "If the tendering system, TfL and the employers insist on continuing with their 'race to the bottom', our members will be taking part in a race of their own - a race to the picket lines!"

A TfL spokesperson said: "Bus drivers are employed by private bus companies and as such pay and conditions are set by them. We are sure the trade union and the bus companies will discuss drivers' pay and conditions as part of their normal negotiations.


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