Commenting on today’s (Thursday) planned strike by bus workers, London Assembly Labour Group Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross AM, said:
“Today’s dispute is deeply regrettable. Despite millions of Londoners being affected by today’s strike the Mayor is refusing to step up to the plate and negotiate. We need to see the Mayor intervening to get staff and employers around the negotiating table, whilst all sides may not get everything they want, accepting there is a legitimate issue and opening a dialogue is the first step to resolving this dispute. Boris’ dodging of the issue only serves to extend the disruption for passengers.
“At the very least the Mayor should consider stepping in to set a minimum levels for bus driver salaries, raising the standard of living for the most badly paid drivers and ensuring the people who keep our capital moving are paid enough to live in the city.”