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Clock ticking for TfL to act on bus workers’ fatigue, says Unite

Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, has demanded that Transport for London (TfL) finally takes action to tackle bus drivers’ fatigue.

Two years ago the Greater London Assembly commissioned a report Driven to Distraction which highlighted high levels of stress and fatigue among London bus drivers. However TfL sought to sweep the report under the carpet and ignore its findings.

In depth study

Following extensive lobbying by Unite of TfL and Sadiq Khan the Mayor of London, a further in depth study into bus drivers’ fatigue was commissioned by TfL with the work being undertaken by Loughborough University.

Unite understands the publication of this long awaited report is now imminent.

Key demands

Key issues that Unite believes need to be tackled to reduce bus workers fatigue include:
• Improved scheduling and sensible shift patterns
• Ensuring sufficient recovery time between shifts
• Tackling low pay, which creates a long hours culture
• Shorter and more balanced work periods
• Decent rest and welfare facilities

Chronic level

Unite regional officer John Murphy said: “Levels of bus drivers’ fatigue are at chronic level, which is affecting the safety of drivers and the general public.

“TfL, bus operators and the Mayor of London can’t continue to sweep this problem under the carpet, action must be taken. Unite which represents London bus workers must be fully consulted.

“Workers are being left exhausted by a combination of long hours, shift patterns which fail to allow workers time to recover and the lack of adequate rest facilities.

“If the Loughborough report recommends a radical overhaul of the existing working conditions then that has to be taken on board, to improve the safety of all Londoners.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

  • Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

    Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

 

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