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9 May 2012

Privatisation pushes up transport costs in Yorkshire

7% and 8%. That's how much bus and train fares went up in West Yorkshire this January, following above inflation increases of 6% at the beginning of 2011 on trains and increases of up to 20% on buses...

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25 April 2012

Workplace news in brief

Tube strike: A 72-hour strike by London tube workers employed by Tubelines started at 4pm on 24 April. The transport union RMT members are fighting to be allowed to join Transport for London's (TfL) pension scheme...

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Bus workers demonstrate over pay, photo Paul Mattsson

Bus workers demonstrate over pay, photo Paul Mattsson

11 April 2012

Bus workers prepare to fight for Olympic payment

More than nine out of ten London bus workers in Unite voted yes in a consultative ballot for action last month

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28 September 2011

Workplace news in brief

Hold tight!: Transport union RMT has protested at plans to train 60 volunteer drivers to drive rural buses on the Isle of Wight...

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9 September 2010

London bus workers fight cuts

The London Bus Campaign will stage a rally outside City Hall on 15 September to oppose cuts in services, fare increases and reductions in contract prices, writes A London bus driver.

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18 August 2010

Workplace news in brief

London buses: The London Bus Campaign will stage a rally outside City Hall on Wednesday 15 September to oppose cuts in services, fare increases and reductions in contract prices, writes Andy Beadle.

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7 April 2010

Tekel workers brutally attacked by police

THOUSANDS OF workers from Turkey's former alcohol and tobacco monopoly company - Tekel - travelled to Ankara, on 1 April, to continue their protests against their sackings...

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13 January 2010

Buses - privatisation means worse services

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred the UK bus industry to the Competition Commission because it has "evidence that limited competition between bus operators tends to result in higher prices and lower quality for bus users", writes Alistair Tice.

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We Want Our Buses Back, photo by Yorkshire SP

We Want Our Buses Back, photo by Yorkshire SP

6 January 2010

No more fare rises, no more cutbacks!

South Yorkshire says: 'We want our buses back': South Yorkshire public transport users have had a double whammy this new year, with the usual annual rail fare rises coupled with the latest extortionate fare rises by First Group buses - averaging an 8% increase, writes Calvin Payne, We Want Our Buses Back campaign.

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25 November 2009

London bus workers strike

In driving rain, hundreds of bus drivers formed picket lines across East London on 20 and 21 November, writes Paula Mitchell.

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26 August 2009

Passengers want publicly owned buses

Bus passengers will not have been surprised by a recent report from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) accusing bus companies of milking public subsidies and taking advantage of the free bus passes enjoyed by the over 60s and people with disabilities, writes Calvin Payne, Sheffield.

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22 July 2009

South Yorkshire First Buses strike over pay

It was a bad week for First Bus bosses in South Yorkshire. They lost a last ditch bid to get an injunction to stop a one-day strike going ahead and then were forced to suspend planned cuts to 28 services...

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6 May 2009

Defending a shop steward, in spite of the anti-union laws

The 23 January started like any other day for me, I arrived at work at 6am. I work as a bus driver and I am a Unite shop steward. An argument started between a senior inspector and a fellow driver. As...

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5 February 2009

Weather chaos exposes cutbacks

WHEN HEAVY snow showers saw rail, road and air transport grind to a halt in much of Britain last week, millions of workers were unable to travel...

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15 October 2008

London bus workers strike for a living wage

London bus strike, photo Paul Mattsson

London bus strike, photo Paul Mattsson

On 10 October, striking bus drivers on the Metroline picket near Kings Cross, London were in a very determined mood, writes Chris Newby.

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17 September 2008

London bus strike: "Showing them our power"

The first round of London bus strikes on 29 August was confined to First bus company and mainly affected north London routes, but the strike soon spread to Metro bus routes all the way south to Croydon, writes Neil Cafferky.

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17 September 2008

Pickets cheer in West London

At 7.45 am, Socialist Party members in west London went down to Westbourne Park bus garage to show solidarity with the First bus drivers on strike for better pay, writes Kevin Simpson, West London Socialist Party.

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3 September 2008

London buses: Strikers pack picket lines

I went to Westbourne Park bus garage in west London, during their strike over pay on 29 August. There are nearly 1,000 drivers at the garage and the strike there was solid. I was told that only 20 buses...

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16 July 2008

Bangor: Bus protest

THE WESTERN Mail recently reported that Arriva buses would be buying seven buses from rival local operator KMP and paying them to stop running some of their services. That shocked many people in north-west Wales, writes Iain Dalton.

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11 June 2008

Brighton bus drivers strike

Drivers at Brighton and Hove Buses which is run by Go Ahead, have voted to take six days of strike action on consecutive Mondays beginning on 20 June. This is after the drivers, organised in the Unite union, rejected pay offers by management, writes Phil Clarke, Brighton Socialist Party.

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