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Most services run despite Unite led bus strike

Posted: 16 Dec 2009

CT Plus, a subsidiary of HCT Group, would like to update customers regarding the expected service disruption, as a result of the one-day strike action called by Unite today. We are currently able to offer a full service on routes 394 and W13. We are also pleased to report that we have been able to operate a partial service on route 388 since 11am, serving Hackney Wick to Liverpool Street. The bus service for construction workers at the Olympic Park site that HCT jointly operates with ECT Group is not affected by today’s action. Unfortunately we are currently unable to run a service on route 153.

We are pleased that a significant proportion of our workforce has chosen to ignore the call to strike. We do, however, regret the disruption to two of our routes.  We believe that Unite has neglected to consider a number of important factors in the calling of today’s strike.  In the ballot, only 41 people voted in favour – just 27% of the workforce. Unite has rejected a pay increase of 2.25%. We think this offer is a generous one, particularly when compared to the pay offers that most Londoners have received recently. It is also one of the best pay increases offered in the transport sector nationally. Accepting the current offer would result in our drivers earning over £12 per hour from next April.  We do not accept Unite’s assertion that our bus drivers receive comparatively low pay. 

We have offered further talks with Unite. We urge them to reconsider their position to prevent further disruption to passengers.

We will issue a further update later today, should the situation described in this media release change.  Further information, including details on alternative transport routes, will be available at the Transport for London website (

Media contacts

Hayley Brent-Isherwood at CO3 020 7749 3349 or 07909 544817
Tim Purcell at CO3 020 7749 3368 or 07904 056668