Update: Ongoing disruption due to bus strike

13:02 29 November 2012

A 24-hour strike is taking place today. Picture: Clive Gee/PA

A 24-hour strike is taking place today. Picture: Clive Gee/PA

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Commuters are continuing to face disruption because of today’s walkout by Arriva London North bus workers.

Services are currently running on 24 of the 46 affected bus routes, but buses 29, 38, 73, 149 and 243 remain disrupted.

As a result Transport for London expects the likes of Victoria, Seven Sisters, Tottenham Hall, Wood Green and Turnpike Lane stations to be busier than normal.

There is a full service on the route 325 and an almost full service on routes 135, 150 and 173.

The walkout, expected to last until 3am tomorrow, has been caused by a pay row between the Unite union and Arriva London North.

Unite regional secretary Peter Kavanagh said: “Christmas is approaching in one of the most expensive cities in the world and London’s biggest single bus operator is rewarding its drivers with a second year of percentage pay freezes.

“Arriva’s owners have made hundreds of millions in profits this year, so it’s no wonder staff are taking strike action against their Scrooge employer.

“Many other bus workers across London have received percentage increases this year as have TfL staff, yet Arriva North is refusing to reach a fair settlement. The blame for this dispute lies squarely with Arriva North and we urge the company to negotiate a fair deal or face further action.”

Bob Scowen, managing director for Arriva London, said: “It is very disappointing that Unite have chosen to take industrial action without giving its members in Arriva London North the opportunity to ballot our latest pay offer.

“We regret the inconvenience the union’s decision will mean for our passengers and apologise for the disruption caused.

“Our intention from the outset has been to have open and meaningful discussions with the trade union and that continues to be the case today.”

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