14 Sep 2010

Save Our Buses - lobby Boris Johnson

Lobby called by Unite the Union, 
Assemble Wednesday 15 September, 9:30am
Speakers include Ken Livingstone

Transport for London Commissioner, Peter Hendy speaks proudly of the £5 billion cuts package that he is already implementing even before the Government’s demand for 25-40% cuts in the Department for Transport’s budget.
Rocketing fares and reduced mileage will mean a return to the bad old days of clapped out, over crowded buses, reaching less of the city, disappearing from outer London– and driven by low paid drivers.
Busworkers are already facing wage freezes, attacks on conditions, company sell-offs, forced transfers from one garage to another. These planned cuts will accelerate the pace of decline - hundreds, possibly thousands of jobs could be on the line.
Bus trips account for half of all public transport journeys in London, yet the industry receives a fraction of the public subsidy handed to rail. Unite will be calling on Mayor Boris Johnson, who once described London’s bus drivers as “the world’s finest”, to put his money where his mouth is.

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