Due to the high cost of living, more than 1,600 London bus drivers are set to embark on strike later this month in a dispute over pay.
Members of Unite employed by London United will walk out on August 19th and 20th, the same days as strikes on London Underground and the railways.
The union said strike action was a result of the company offering a pay increase of 3.6 percent in 2022 and 4.2 percent next year, which it described as a real terms pay cut because of the soaring rate of inflation.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “The parent company RATP is fabulously wealthy and it can fully afford to pay our members a decent wage increase.
“Unite’s members play a crucial role in keeping London moving and they are not going to accept seeing their pay constantly eroded.
“Unite does what it says on the trade union tin and always defends the jobs, pay, and conditions of its members. Our members at London United will receive the union’s complete support until this dispute is resolved and a fair pay offer secured.”
The strike action will affect workers based at the following London United bus depots: Fulwell, Hounslow, Hounslow Heath, Park Royal, Shepherd’s Bush, Stamford Brook, and Tolworth.
However, the travel sector is not the only one to be affected by industrial action, with workers at the UK’s largest container port also announcing on Friday that they would be striking for eight days in August.
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), confirmed two rail strike dates for August 18 and 20 which will affect Network Rail and 14 other rail operators.
The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) said its members at seven train companies will also walk out on August 18 and 20.
London Underground staff will walk out on August 19 in a row over jobs and pensions. The summer of strikes has continued to escalate in recent weeks, with train drivers at nine rail companies also walking out on August 13 over pay.