Industrial news in brief

London bus drivers strike

Drivers on Arriva North bus services in north London struck on Thursday 29 November, demanding a 2.5 percent pay increase.

The workers, who are members of Unite, have faced a two-year pay freeze, despite DB Group, which owns Arriva, making nearly £700 million pre-tax profit in the year to 30 June 2012.

According to Transport for London, the strike caused “severe disruption”.


Pret union organiser awaits appeal outcome

Andrej Stopa, a Pret A Manger worker sacked for organising a union in his store, will learn the outcome of his appeal against dismissal on Friday 7 December.

Pret A Manger Staff Union (PAMSU), which Andrej founded with a small group of fellow workers in September 2012, called a communications blockade for 29 and 30 November, the latter being the day of Andrej’s appeal hearing. The call was endorsed by Workers’ Liberty, North London Solidarity Federation, and Radical Islington. Such was the volume of pro-union posts on Pret’s official Facebook page that the company was forced to disable the comments function!

For more information, and updates on future actions, see the PAMSU website.