The rally was attended by many of Unite's 25,000 bus drivers and included speeches from Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey, and the regional secretary, Peter Kavanagh, along with many of Unite's bus workers and activists.
The theme of the day was creating collective negotiations, which Unite says will bring greater job security. The current system has led to many bus drivers being paid up to 25 percent less despite doing the same job for the same employer. The pay some bus drivers receive can be as little as £17,000 depending on the company they work for.
London bus companies are required to compete to win routes put out to tender by Transport for London. The explosion in competition has led to an unprecedented squeeze on the pay, terms and conditions of all bus workers, as individual bus companies choose to bid low to maximise profits at the expense of these dedicated workers.
The rally showed how the London Bus Campaign is uniting our drivers together behind the common issues they share and it was fantastic to see so many of our drivers joining the campaign.