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The Socialist 5 May 2021

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Metroline buses to face summer of strikes unless it drops 'remote sign-on'

London bus workers protesting outside City Hall, 29.8.19, photo Isai Priya

London bus workers protesting outside City Hall, 29.8.19, photo Isai Priya   (Click to enlarge)

Unite has told London bus operator Metroline it has until 10 May to permanently drop its 'remote sign-on' policy - or it will face a summer of strikes.

A rolling programme of strikes by more than 4,000 bus drivers could take place in north and west London.

96% of Unite members at Metroline West and 97% at Metroline Travel voted for industrial action on routes in north and west London. Strike dates will be announced soon.

Remote sign-on means drivers do not report to a depot to start work, but meet their bus and begin work at an alternative location such as a bus stop. This reduces costs and boosts the company's profits.

In a letter to Metroline's managing director Stephen Harris, Unite's Mary Summers said: "Our members have made clear that they do not want remote sign-on - full stop. We are asking that the employer now confirms that remote sign-on will not be implemented. This is what is required to prevent industrial action. We will need to have this confirmed by the employer by 10 May."


In this issue


What we think

Capitalist sleaze and cronyism


Union elections

Unite general secretary election nomination stage

Unison: We need a fighting, democratic, member-led union to stop the austerity attacks

Four Socialist Party members elected to NEU executive - a thirst for action and a fighting leadership


International news

Biden's policies will not solve underlying US crisis

Colombia: Mass trade union-led protests force tax retreat


Mental health

Covid, capitalism and mental health


News

Fight the rotten establishment

Hands off our NHS

New law ignores economic barriers to escaping domestic abuse

Cladding: Tories refuse to protect leaseholders again


Workplace news

St Mungo's strikers fight on

Goodlord strike forces talks - solidarity needed

Sparks block Cardiff building site against deskilling

Vote 'yes' in the PCS DWP ballot

Beal High School strike against sick policy resumes

Go Ahead offers deal to Manchester bus drivers

Metroline buses to face summer of strikes unless it drops 'remote sign-on'


Local government

Can the 'Preston model' beat the cuts?


Campaigns news

Bellway must pay! Make our homes safe!

Police attempt to intimidate Newcastle protesters

Nottingham NHS pay protest

Establishing factory sales of the Socialist in Leicester

Plaque dedicated to Tony Mulhearn

Why you should join the Socialist Party

Defend the right to protest - to resist bosses' attacks


Readers' opinion

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