Drivers on Sovereign buses in London are preparing to fight back against management attacks. New rotas are due to be unilaterally imposed at the company’s Harrow depot this Saturday. They will squeeze drivers’ vital rest and recovery times. This includes meal breaks and shorter breaks between routes—to stretch, go to the toilet and have a drink.
In 2009 Sovereign drivers won a number of concessions over working hours from management through strikes. But management have been clawing back those gains ever since. The new rotas will mean that the firm’s drivers will work the longest hours with the least rest time across all London buses. Drivers’ Unite union reps were meeting management on Tuesday.