There are more bus strikes to come in February

There are set to be three more bus strikes in February, as part of a dispute over pay.

Drivers from 18 London bus firms will take part in 24-hour strikes on 5, 13 and 16 February, according to Unite.

Unite said Transport for London (TfL) is not paying some bus drivers fairly, as pay is negotiated by each firm separately – meaning some drivers are paid more for the same job. There are more than 80 different pay rates across London.

However, Tfl said it made “no sense to pay all drivers precisely the same amount”.

Mike Weston, TfL’s director of buses, told the BBC: “I am very sorry that the leadership of Unite are threatening to further disrupt the journeys of bus passengers, especially given that only 16% of the bus drivers voted for strike action.

“As in all professions, bus drivers have different levels of experience and it is only right that this can be reflected in pay.

“A ‘levelling up’ of pay to the highest rates would cost around £100m a year.”

Earlier this month, 20,000 bus drivers walked out, causing disruption to many bus services across the capital.

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  • Surely it is fair i.e. open and honest. I think they mean it is not equal. If that is the case and drivers can get a better deal elsewhere why don't they change firm?

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