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Ealing Council Threatens to Remove Acton Green Bus Stand

On Tuesday 26th January 2010 at Ealing Council's cabinet meeting it was decided by the cabinet that due to the limited progress made to date with their "earlier conciliatory approach" to Transport for London and London United, to address the problems that arise through the poor management of bus operations at the route 94 bus stand in Acton Green, it authorised council officers to remove the bus stand. The council will also write again to TfL and the bus operator London United to try to progress this issue, express concern over the issue and insist upon urgent action.

Bus Driver Test Fiddle Gang Imprisoned

A gang of First employees took more than £200,000 in bribes to let dozens of unqualified drivers drive buses. The men worked at First's Marsh Lane depot in Tottenham. They would charge between £1,500 and £2,500 to supply bogus test certificates and paperwork. Many of those who paid could not even speak English or even understand road signs.

RMT London Busworkers Meeting in Croydon, Monday 8th March 2010

A Morden and Oval branch busworkers meeting will take place on Monday 8th March from 4pm at Ruskin House Trade Union Centre, 23, Coombe Road, Croydon, CR0 1BD. The nearest train stations are East Croydon from the north and South Croydon from the south. It is a five minute walk from both stations or bus routes 119, 312 and 466 from East Croydon or 405 from Redhill to Coombe Road bus stop.

All RMT members are welcome to attend.

Progress Achieved at Busworkers Meeting

A well attended meeting of the RMT London Busworkers Committee took place on Monday 8th February 2010 at the Bulstrode pub in Hounslow. There was a great deal of enthusiasm and determination among the members to move forward in the new year and build on what has been achieved so far.

Many issues were discussed and important decisions were made as to the future role and activity of the committee.

Among the decisions made were:

  • North London Convenor elected
  • South London Convenor elected
  • Action Plan for 2010 agreed

Police to Crackdown on Crime on Route 29/N29

A new police team has been drafted on to a bus route labelled as one of the most dangerous, in an attempt to crack down on drunken fights and violent scuffles. The team has been told to mainly concentrate on the 29 and N29.

The 29 and N29 bendy bus, which runs from Trafalgar Square to Wood Green, has long been notorious for reports of pickpocketing, violence, drunkenness and fare evasion. In recent years incidents have included a 19 year old being punched to the ground and needing major surgery and a 23 year old being stabbed.

Demonstration in Support of Alberto Durango

On Friday 12th February 2010, a demonstration will take place from 1pm - 2pm, at 100, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M, in support of Alberto Durango, a cleaner and rep who has been harassed and is being victimised for his union activities and is suspended and facing the sack by his employer Lancaster (Rentokil).

Alberto is a good friend of London RMT Bus Workers and they are asked to attend and give their support to him. For more information please click here

Bus Company Fined £400,000 for Death of Bus Driver

On 18th December 2009, First was fined £400,000 plus costs after it was found guilty of breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states that: "It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees."