Unite the union, representing 25,000 bus workers across London, will invite Andrew Adonis, shadow infrastructure minister, to discuss workers’ concerns and share ideas following his week riding 50 bus routes in inner and outer London, including the most congested and popular ones.
Andrew Adonis has spent this week (17-21 February) trying to understand how London’s bus system works, talking to drivers and passengers, while recognising the importance of the city’s buses. Buses carry twice as many passengers every day in London than the Underground and bus drivers have a hugely important role to play in keeping London moving.
Peter Kavanagh, Unite regional secretary for London, said: “Andrew Adonis has done something that Boris Johnson, mayor of London has never bothered to do - to give the London buses his undivided attention.
“Buses carry twice as many passengers every day in London than the underground and bus workers have a hugely important role to play.
“Bus workers want to rise to the challenge of running a world class transport service, but face real challenges. Four bus drivers are attacked or verbally abused every day in London, plus congestion and the fragmentation of pay and conditions, can cause problems for workers.
“We hope Andrew Adonis will extend his work on the buses and meet Unite members and bus drivers to discuss their concerns, and share ideas on how to improve London’s world famous bus network.”
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Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.