I didn't even know there was a strike till I got to work. We only get one bus where I am and it was running normally.
So you support the strike but would have caught a bus if it was running? Hmmm.Even so that stopped me from using the bus service and walked and used a tube instead. Just a pity that some people never learn, i only hope that if unite do get something out of this it doesnt go to those staff who broke todays action. Liked the solidarity shown by those that were out.
Is it just me, or is there a TFL strike every week? I love London, but this has to be my only pet peeve. How do you guys deal with these weekly strikes?
So you support the strike but would have caught a bus if it was running? Hmmm.
Loath the Unite Union, there the ones who caused the strike in London blackmailing the bus companies for a £500 bonus for for the drivers for working during the Olympics, just for a normal shift, or they'll go on Strike.
Unite have been going round causing all sort of strikes in the bus industry[& not just the bus industry, BA to name a few] the last few years, annoying Ed Milliband doesn't have the guts to reign them in.:x
Tfl bus staff tell me their strike was not just about their lack of Olympic bonus but about pay and conditions. In particular many see their job as being harder than a tube or train driver and want similar pay and conditions to them.
Is this realistic ?
My dear friend in New York did you not see that i mention that the last time London Buses were on strike was when i was 18..................... Exactly 30 YES 30 years ago!
So i will say with a bit of British humor is that YES It is you!
I think the main issue, on the bus companies side, as already highlighted in the press, is the TfL bus services aren't really affected. No extra TfL bus services will run, and no extra vehicles are being deployed on to the TfL services, so the drivers on TfL services will only be working to normal working day rota's. Extra tube, DLR and rail services are going to be added (supposedly), with those workers being under increased work pressure, hence the bonus being paid to them for being asked to work longer shifts, or more shifts, over the Olympics period.
Surely if there were no extra buses you'd expect drivers to be busier as there will be more passengers per bus?
Out of interest how would the driver be busier? He is still just stopping and starting his bus at normal bus stops. Most people travelling would already have an oyster or paper travelcard as I dont forsee many people paying to board a bus as there are not many who do so now so how would the driver be busier?