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Commuters can expect further disruption to their daily journeys over the coming weeks as London bus drivers announce a strike.

Bus drivers employed by Arriva will strike for several days, with the first 24-hour strike taking place on Monday 21 March.

It will be followed by another 48-hour strike scheduled from Monday 28 March.

The drivers voted in favor of what they called Arriva’s “pathetic” wage offer, but if there is a breakthrough or a new agreement during the talks, the strikes could be called off.

Nearly 1,000 Unite union drivers will strike at London depots including Brixton, Croydon, Norwood and Thornton Heath.

Passengers are told to expect every bus route operating from one of these depots to be badly hit.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: ‘Arriva’s wage offer is pathetic and an insult to bus drivers who have continued to work throughout the pandemic, risking their health for London can continue to operate. Our Arriva bus drivers will have Unite’s full support until the company makes a realistic compensation offer and this dispute is resolved.

The company has offered workers a 1.5% pay rise – a figure which Unite says is effectively a pay cut from the current level of inflation, 7.8%.

The vote in favor of the strike saw 95% of drivers agree that action should be taken rather than pay.

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This notice was published: 2022-03-09 11:13:54

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