‘Summer of Discontent’: bus drivers join TfL and rail workers in strike on August 19 and 20

Last Updated: August 7, 2022By Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Some of us are old enough to remember the ‘Winter of Discontent’ of 1978-9 that led to the toppling of a Labour government and the installation of Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street.

So I’m delighted that the tables are turned and the Tories are getting the same treatment.

Here’s the gist:

London bus drivers have joined the UK’s “summer of discontent” and announced a strike for 19 and 20 August following a dispute over salaries.

The union Unite said more than 1,600 of its members working for bus operator London United will join the walkout after the company’s parent, RATP Dev Transit, offered a 7.8 pay increase over this year and next.

The walkout is expected to create maximum disruption, as it will coincide with both the TfL and national railway strike.

It’s another step in the right direction but will the UK’s Tory government pay attention to anything less than a national strike?

And, the way matters are progressing, how long will it be before that happens?

Source: Bus drivers join ‘summer of discontent’ and announce strike for 19 and 20 August

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  1. Jon Lisle-Summers August 7, 2022 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    A General Strike is what the Tories are hoping for. Because, no matter how awful the Tories are (and they are), they would win the conflict, as they did in 1926,and then impose even more draconian laws.

  2. Jeffrey Davies August 8, 2022 at 5:29 am - Reply

    And that left her in who sold of our silverware ouch and now we paying the price for allowing it to happen most of the utilities are owned by pension funds hedge funds even the glorious post office is now owned by one of these so it’s peasants paying the price once again

  3. El Dee August 9, 2022 at 3:43 am - Reply

    I fear that these, completely justified, industrial actions are being turned to the advantage of the Tories where possible. Shapps has already hamstrung the train operators from negotiating with the unions to come to a settlement. If this was untrue then the unions wouldn’t have come to agreement in Scotland ie it’s not union intransigence keeping the strikes going, it’s Shapps.

    Sunak and Truss will compete to be the ‘strongest’ on unions and they are, as we know, using this manufactured strike to justify the anti-union laws – just ahead of the bonfire of EU laws. So we’ll have vast amounts of employment rights removed and then the right to strike will be weakened too.

    God help us if the public starts believing the Tory BS too..

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