Bus strikes: doing the same job doesn't entitle two people to the same rate of pay

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Bus strikes: doing the same job doesn't entitle two people to the same rate of pay

Andrew Boff, Conservative member of the London Assembly joined Headline London to discuss the 24 hour bus strike that is currently happening. 

The disruptions have left scenes of travel chaos today. Mr Boff discusses the validity of the drivers’ protest and says it is entirely fair, in his opinion, that there are pay gaps of up to £3 between operators who drive the same buses along the same routes.

There are 80 different pay rates, some covering the same routes. Wages vary from £9.30 and hour to £12.34.

Mr Boff says Boris Johnson feels the same was as he does and says drivers are not obliged to work for the companies paying lower wages. He also says the practicalities of paying everyone the same wage are not feasible, as they would either involve steep rises in fare for the public or would require many operators to accept a pay cut. Mr Boff thinks this is unlikely to happen. 

Luke Blackall reports from Wood Green bus depot picket line.



Reya El-Salahi reports from Waterloo.


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