Bus drivers working for Metroline, one of London’s largest bus companies, will strike on 25-26 May and 7-9 June. Metroline employs around 16% of all bus drivers across London.
The workers, who are members of Unite, want the company to scrap plans to impose a “remote sign-on” policy. Currently, workers book on for duty at a bus depot; under the new system, drivers would pick up their bus at a location along its route.
Unite says the scheme has no benefit for passengers, and could lead to disruption and delays. It says the measure is designed to cut costs for Metroline.
Workers scored a victory last month when London mayor Sadiq Khan ordered a moratorium on the imposition of remote sign-on policies, but Metroline bosses have said they see Khan’s moratorium as only a pause, and have refused union demands to ditch the policy altogether. Unite gave Metroline a 10 May deadline to abandon the plan, and called strikes when this was not met.