London bus drivers - Sick & Tired
- Monday 3 February 2020
Your safety matters. The failure to properly tackle brutal shift patterns, unrealistic running times and unsafe scheduling on London buses is driving drivers to exhaustion.
Bus driver fatigue and stress is a huge safety issue for you, your passengers and other road users.
It’s time to act. A culture of long hours and insufficient rest is damaging the physical and mental health as well as harming the relationships and family life of bus drivers. Bus drivers in London report that the levels of exhaustion means that they are in danger of making driving errors and becoming a danger to passengers, other road users and themselves.
The prospect of a London bus drivers’ strike later this year moved dramatically closer as bus workers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in a consultative ballot in February.
In the London wide consultative ballot in the capital’s bus depots members voted on average by 97 per cent in favour of strike action.
Unite will now begin the preparations for a full postal ballot of its members. If members vote for industrial action an across London bus strike could be held this spring.
In the meantime it gives a last opportunity for all of the capital’s bus companies to develop a fatigue management system that they would all be obliged to implement.
Unite’s fatigue campaign is NOT about cutting hours or your wages – it’s about RESPECT, plain and simply. Speak to your rep for details.