Another Day, Another Strike: London Buses

昨日の医者たちのストに続き、今日は約30年ぶりというロンドンのバスのスト。オリンピック期間中の労働に対する£500のボーナスを求めてバスの運転手たちが本日午前3時より24時間ストライキを行っており、ロンドンのバス運行の約3分の2に支障が出ている。どうして全てのバスが運行停止にならないのか不思議に思っていたら、ロンドンのバスはルートによって違うバス会社が操業しており、Unite(ユナイト:イギリスの労働組合)に加入している、17のバス会社の運転手はストに参加したが、他の3社は事前に裁判所のスト差し止め命令を得たため、ストを回避できたのだそうだ。ロンドン地下鉄オーバーグラウンドドックランズ・ライト・レイルウェイ等、他の交通機関の労働者はオリンピック期間中£500〜のボーナスを受け取ることになっているのに、バス運転手が相応のボーナスをもらえないのは不公平だというのが、Uniteの言い分だ(BBC News)。


Another strike after yesterday’s doctors’ industrial action. Today is London Buses’ first strike for 30 years. Thousands of bus drivers in London have been on strike  from 3:00 am today for 24 hours in a dispute over a £500 bonus for working during the Olympics, and around two third of bus routes have been disrupted. I wondered why some buses are working and others are not. I didn’t know that London’s buses are operated by different private sector bus companies (Wikipedia), and members of Unite at 17 bus firms went on strike but others working with other three companies are not joining after the firms won an injunction against the strike action. According to the Unite, other transport workers such as London Underground, London Overground and Docklands Light Railway, will receive over £500 bonus, and it is not fair for bus drivers who are not offered so far an appropriate share (BBC News).

Again, I will not make any comment on their action. But Londoners are used to this kind of disruption and seem to handle the situation quite calmly, though they have to face delays, detours, or alternative crowded transports, or walk or cycle to their destination. At the end, British are very patient people!


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