When do the London bus strikes end and could there be more?

When do the London bus strikes end and could there be more?

When do the London bus strikes end and could there be more?

People queuing for a London bus

Bus strikes have affected parts of the capital (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

It’s August A holiday, which means plenty of time to relax – whether it’s a day in bed with Netflix, time spent gardening while the weather is still nice, or shopping.

The August bank holiday is also a busy time for many Londoners, as the Notting Hill Carnival takes place.

Back in force after two years of cancellations due to the Covid, the annual celebration of West Indian culture in the capital began on Saturday August 27 and ends on Monday August 29.

However, for carnival-goers and other Londoners who want to make the most of the extra day off, the London bus strike could put the brakes on their plans.

When do the strikes end?

When do the London bus strikes end?

The strikes are only expected to take place until the end of August 29.

Strikes scheduled for August 28 and 29 have seen more than 1,000 bus drivers in London over a pay dispute.

Woman on strike holding a board Protect and Respect Bus Drivers

Unite is pushing for a better pay rise for its workers (Photo: Guy Smallman/Getty images)

The Unite union said 1,600 drivers at London United bus company were on strike as workers were only offered a pay rise of 3.6% for 2022 and 4.2% for 2023.

This amount, they claim, would be equivalent in “real terms” to a “wage cut” because the real rate of inflation (RPI) is 12.3%.

Which services are concerned?


Services affected by London United strike

The following services will be affected on August 28 and 29:

  • 9
  • 18
  • 33
  • 49
  • 65
  • 70
  • 71
  • 72
  • 85
  • 94
  • 105
  • 110
  • 116
  • 117
  • 148
  • 203
  • 211
  • 216
  • 220
  • 223
  • 224
  • 235
  • 258
  • 265
  • 266
  • 272
  • 281
  • 283
  • 290
  • 293
  • 371
  • 404
  • 406
  • 411
  • 418
  • 419
  • 423
  • 440
  • 465
  • 467
  • 470
  • 481
  • C1
  • E1
  • E3
  • H17
  • H22
  • H32
  • H37
  • H91
  • H98
  • K1
  • K2
  • K3
  • K4
  • K5
  • S3
  • N9
  • N18
  • N33
  • N65
  • N72
  • N266
  • S3

Will there be more strikes on buses or subways?

Although no further action is planned at this time, it is reasonable to assume that if the union does not reach an agreement that satisfies them, further action could take place.

Commenting on the current strike, general secretary Sharon Graham said France’s RATP, which owns London United, is an “incredibly wealthy” company that could afford to raise wages.

She said: ‘He [RATP] can fully afford to pay its workers a decent raise, but it refuses to do so.

“Our members play a vital role in keeping London moving and they won’t accept a real pay cut when they are already worried about how to make ends meet.”

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