Motorists from Arriva South London buses spoke to the Entire world Socialist World-wide-web Site about the latest shell out dispute encompassing four garages in South London: Brixton, Croydon, Norwood and Thornton Heath.

Unite the union is attempting to press via a under inflation pay back claim for 2021. The 2022 shell out claim is also remaining correctly delayed—a measure that areas the burden of inflation on to drivers fairly than Arriva’s shareholders.

Very last Thursday, Unite confirmed it has defied its associates, publishing a claim for just 3 % additionally a £750 lump sum in pay talks that resumed previous week. Arriva South drivers currently rejected Arriva’s 3 p.c shell out offer you in a ballot very last thirty day period.

Brixton Bus Garage (Credit score: WSWS Media)

For the duration of a marketing campaign at Brixton on Saturday, drivers spoke with David O’Sullivan, a member of the London Bus Rank-and-File Committee.

They spoke angrily against Unite’s initiatives to sabotage the dispute, which includes blocking strike motion at Brixton garage. The motorists are at the moment becoming re-balloted for strike action.

“Unite is Arriva,” was the see of one particular Brixton driver. One more claimed, “I really don’t belief the union … they are only in it for the cash.” She pointed out that Brixton garage has various routes which go into Central London, saying, “This is why the union didn’t want us to go out on strike.”

Asked how he felt about Brixton currently being blocked from signing up for strike action with other garages a fortnight back, one more driver claimed, “It’s bollocks… The union is useless.”

One driver expressed disbelief at the union’s supposed slip-up in forgetting to place the date on the strike paperwork, declaring, “How is it doable that an organisation of specialists with a lot of expertise can ignore to fill in a day on a variety?”


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