Bus workers to march on City Hall over pay

London
bus workers demanding a pay increase are to march on City Hall.

The
workers say they have lost millions of pounds on pay and pensions since
privatisation.

They
also want to see parity with London Underground.

March
organiser Peter Kavanagh said: "The erosion of pay since the privatisation
of the late 1980s means bus drivers’ pay has fallen by £120 a week compared to
average earnings.

"The
situation in London is worse with bus drivers now earning £230 a week less than
the London average. Little wonder then that London faces a recruitment
crisis."

"Our
case is simple – parity in pay, hours and pensions with London Underground,
parity in the allocation of public money for investment and subsidy and
restoration of status, respect and dignity."

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The March starts at Tower Hill, at 11am, on 15 October, and rallies outside
City Hall from noon.

By Quentin Reade

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