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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 March 2019

Hackney school bus workers walk out

Hackney school bus drivers strike March 2019, photo London Socialist Party

Hackney school bus drivers strike March 2019, photo London Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Unite the Union members in passenger services at Hackney Council walked out on 19 March in their fight for a payment in recognition of the fact that they undertake split shifts. The 33 members, who drive and assist the children to and from school on a daily basis, will stage further 24-hour strikes on 26 March and then on 2 and 4 April. The dispute centres on a 50-a-week claim for compensation for the split shifts, backdated to July last year when the issue was first raised.

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