Over 2000 bus drivers from nine garages across north London took 24 hour strike action from 3am Thursday 29 November 2012 following Arriva North’s decision not to award workers a percentage pay increase this year despite massive profits.
DB Group which owns Arriva PLC made a €853,665,000 in profit before tax in the half year to 30 June this year.
93 per cent of the drivers who took part in the ballot, voted for strike action. The drivers are already in the their second year of a pay freeze and from April next year the workers will enter a third year of pay freezes. Workers at the majority of London’s bus operators have received increases this year as have TfL (Transport for London) staff across London.
Arriva North, the biggest single operator in London, attempted to prevent the strike through court action but were forced to drop its case. One in 10 bus routes were effected with the strike hitting north London but also a number of routes into central London.
Further strikes are possible.