Metroline bus drivers in London are being asked to adopt remote sign on procedures. Don't volunteer for remote sign on ⬇ 

What is remote sign on?

Remote sign on is when bus drivers begin and end their shifts at a random bus stop or location and do not go to a bus depot before beginning their shift. Starting and finishing locations can be different.

Concerns about remote sign on

Unite is opposed to the introduction of remote sign on for the following reasons:

  • Safety there will be no checks to ensure the driver is fit to drive a bus
  • A lack of access to toilet facilities, rest and canteen facilities
  • Drivers will be driving for a longer period every day and have increased travelling times which will increase fatigue which is linked to serious health issues, which Unite has highlighted in its sick and tired campaign
  • Drivers will be forced to wait for their bus in the cold and wet, increasing tiredness and affecting concentration levels during a long shift driving a bus
  • Greater risk of being exposed to Covid-19 in travelling to a remote location, compared to safely travelling to a depot.

Metroline next steps

  • Metroline Unite members have overwhelmingly rejected a move to remote sign on.
  • Metroline West members voted by 99 per cent to reject remote sign on.
  • Metroline Travel members voted by 98 per cent to reject remote sign on.

Unite members at both Metroline West and Metroline Travel are both now being balloted for industrial action. Ballot papers began to be sent out on Friday 18 September and the ballot will close on Monday 26 October.

If member vote for industrial action then strike action could begin in November.

If you are a Unite member at either Metroline West or Metroline Travel and you have not received your ballot paper in the post by Thursday 24 September then please contact your union rep or helena.sutton@unitetheunion.org and arrangements will be made to sent you a replacement ballot paper. Your original ballot paper will be cancelled as you can only vote once.

 

Remote sign on and other companies

Unite believes that if Metroline is able to introduce remote sign on unchallenged, then other bus operators will follow. If your company is considering introducing remote sign on then it is very important that you make your regional officer aware of the proposals as quickly as possible.