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17.1.15

LONDON BUS STRIKE * UK

* England - Two thirds of services don't run as drivers walk in pay dispute

(Photo by Anthony Devlin/AP: A picket on Tuesday)London,EN,UK -Press Association/The Huffington Post -13 Jan 2015: -- Two-thirds of buses in London were not running on Tuesday as thousands of drivers went on strike over pay, forcing people to walk or cycle... Transport for London (TfL) said journeys were "significantly disrupted" because of the walkout by members of the Unite union... About a third of buses ran during Tuesday, although TfL said almost 90% of regular adult fare paying passengers travelled on the network... Unite is campaigning for a single wage rate across all 18 bus companies in the capital, saying there was a difference of around £3 an hour in some firms...


* London - Commuters face chaos getting home... as Mayor says union's pay demands are 'wrong'
(Picture: Glenn Copus: Commuters wait at a central London bus stop)
London,EN,UK -The London Evening Standard, by JOE MURPHY, JOHN DUNNE, and JOSH PETTITT -13 January 2015: -- Boris Johnson today warned of the cost of giving into union demands as millions of Londoners faced chaotic journeys home tonight because of a bus strike... The Mayor apologised to passengers after about two-thirds of buses were stuck in garages - causing major overcrowding on the Tube and huge queues outside stations... Transport for London warned of “significant disruption” continuing into the evening rush hour and admitted services would not return to normal until tomorrow... Mr Johnson said that giving in to demands for a Londonwide pay rate for bus drivers would cost £100 million and force TfL to increase faces and cut services...

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