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Unite in talks over London bus drivers' pay

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Gemma Short

Unite met with Transport for London and bus companies on Thursday 9 April in an on going dispute over bus drivers' pay.

Employers have refused to meet Unite for months. Unite says it will call more strikes if talks don't yield any significant offers.

Unite needs to keep bus drivers in the loop about progress in negotiations, instead of leaving them in the dark until either a deal is reached or more strikes are called.

Unite met with Transport for London and bus companies on Thursday 9 April in an on going dispute over bus drivers' pay.

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Bus strikes suspended

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Gemma Short

On February 11, Unite called off planned London bus drivers’ strikes scheduled for February 13 and 16.

In a press release Unite described this as laying down the “gauntlet” and “challenging the 18 bus companies to enter talks”. Yet there has been no news of these talks actually happening.

Unite called off planned London bus drivers’ strikes scheduled for February 13 and 16.

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Workers' direct action gets the goods: sacked Crossrail worker reinstated

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Darren Bedford

Construction workers scored a big win against contractors operating on the Crossrail transport project in central London, after a sacked worker was reinstated within hours of a demo at Crossrail's Oxford Street site.

The worker, who began work on Monday 9 February, raised concerns over safety standards on the site. Despite being told he would have work for three years, he was summarily sacked on Friday 13 February.

Construction workers scored a big win against contractors operating on the Crossrail transport project in central London, after a sacked worker was reinstated within hours of a demo at Crossrail's Oxford Street site.

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Industrial news in brief

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Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and Peggy Carter

London bus drivers will strike again for 24 hours on Friday 13 and Monday 16 February in their dispute to level-up pay between bus companies.

This follows a 24 hour strike on Thursday 5 February, and one on Tuesday 13 January. Solidarity visited several picket lines which were lively, confident and staffed throughout the day despite propaganda from Transport for London (TfL) claiming high numbers of services were still running.

London bus strikes; National Gallery sacks union rep; ICO workers' pay strike; cleaners picket BAFTA awards; Tube drivers vote to strike.

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Manchester Metrolink workers set to strike

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Matthew Thompson

Workers on Manchester's Metrolink tram system are set to strike on 11 February in a dispute over pay.

Around four hundred drivers, maintenance staff and controllers, who are members of Unite, will walk out for twenty-four hours after rejecting a pay offer of one and a half per cent this year and two per cent next which also includes changes to sick pay and absence rules.

Unite industrial organiser John Broughton said:

Manchester Metrolink workers set to strike.

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Industrial news in brief

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Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens, Ollie Moore and Peggy Carter

Teachers at Merrill Academy, Derbyshire, have been on strike for six days through January in a dispute over unattainable appraisal targets and denial of pay progression.

Both teaching unions, the NUT and the NASUWT, are taking part in the strike and have been staging daily picket lines. However picket lines were suspended on January 29 after drivers, believed to be a non-striking members of staff, drove aggressively at pickets over several days, leading to a striker and a student being hit by a car.

Teachers strike in Derbyshire; pregnant university cleaner sacked; Tube drivers ballot for strikes; M25 workers strike; National Gallery strike; London bus drivers strike for fair pay.

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Health deal: vote No!

Strikes by health unions due to happen on 29 January and 25 February were called off on Tuesday 27 following a new offer from the government.

The unions will consult members over the next few weeks. Unison and Unite have stated strikes will be relaunched on March 13 if the offer is rejected.

Strikes by health unions due to happen on 29 January and 25 February were called off on Tuesday 27 following a new offer from the government.

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NHS pay: what's been gained?

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Charlotte Zalens

As Solidarity went to press on 27 January, news of a deal on NHS pay had just been announced.

Unison, Unite, GMB and the Royal College of Midwives have all confirmed they have suspended strikes planned for Thursday 29 January to consult members on an offer from the government.

A GMB official said the offer included “the implementation of the 1% pay rise for all NHS staff from April 2015 plus some further improvements for the lowest paid NHS staff.”

The details are unclear. However initial publicity suggested that it includes:

It is clear to all that the problems within the National Health Service go much deeper than insufficient pay.

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Bus drivers fight for fair pay

As of 2015, new drivers with Arriva — the lowest payer for starter drivers — get £9.69 an hour. The previous starting rate with Arriva, before 2015, was £9.30 an hour. After eight years, a driver is on £12.89 an hour.

For Stagecoach drivers — the highest payer for starter drivers — the rate is £11.46. After two years, they reach the top rate of £15.63 an hour.

A Unite rep at the Wood Green bus garage talks about the London bus dispute.

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Industrial news in brief

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Gemma Short, Darren Bedford, Gerry Bates, Charlotte Zalens and Micheál McEoin

As Solidarity went to press on 13 January, bus drivers across London were staging a 24 hour strike in a bid to level up pay across the capital.

London’s bus network is outsourced to 18 different companies. Each one of these companies has their own pay scales and the union Unite must separately negotiate pay with all 18 companies. As a result pay differs by up to £3 an hour across the capital for drivers doing the same work. Unite is calling for a London wide pay scale.

London bus drivers. Essex firefighters, clothing workers and college staff strike; Haringey council cuts; sacked rep reinstated.

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