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Bus drivers’ strike ballot

Concern signing in for shifts remotely will expose transport workers to Covid-19 risk

18 December, 2020 — By Helen Chapman

Driver James Rossi: ‘I hope they are ready for industrial action because remote sign-on is a serious threat’

BUS drivers could strike in the New Year after being told to sign onto their shifts remotely instead of reporting to the depot.

Unite the union said there are concerns around the risk of exposure to Covid-19 from travelling to a location which has not undergone similar risk assessment checks or health measures as buses and depots.

Driver James Rossi said: “I hope they are ready for industrial action because remote sign-on is a serious threat. The whole industry needs to seriously look at itself.”

A union ballot saw 97 per cent of voting members support a strike.

Operators Metroline said: “Remote sign-on has been in place at a number of London bus operators for some time and it is concerning that Unite are only objecting to our drivers benefiting from remote sign-on.”

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