More than 2,000 bus drivers from nine garages across north London are today on strike following Arriva North’s decision not to award them a percentage pay increase despite massive profits. DB Group which owns Arriva PLC made £688m in profit before tax …

Tim Lezard

More than 2,000 bus drivers from nine garages across north London are today on strike following Arriva North’s decision not to award them a percentage pay increase despite massive profits.

DB Group which owns Arriva PLC made £688m in profit before tax in the half year to 30 June 2012, but drivers are already in the their second year of a pay freeze and from April next year the workers will enter a third year of pay freezes.

Workers at the majority of London’s bus operators have received increases this year as have TfL (Transport for London) staff across London.

Arriva North, the biggest single operator in London, attempted to prevent the legitimate strike through court action but were forced to drop its case, following a strident defence of the workers’ ballot by Unite’s legal team.

One in 10 bus routes will be affected with the strike affecting north London but also a number of routes into central London, including the 29, 38, 73, 149 and 243.

Unite regional secretary Peter Kavanagh said: “Christmas is approaching in one of the most expensive cities in the world and London’s biggest single bus operator is rewarding its drivers with a second year of percentage pay freezes.  Arriva’s owners have made hundreds of millions in profits this year, so it’s no wonder staff are taking strike action against their Scrooge employer.

“Rather than reach a negotiated settlement the operator even wasted time and money in a failed attempt to block the legitimate strike in the courts.
“Many other bus workers across London have received percentage increases this year as have TfL staff, yet Arriva North are refusing to reach a fair settlement. The blame for this dispute lies squarely with Arriva North and we urge the company to negotiate a fair deal or face further action.”


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