Fears of transport chaos as bus staff go on strike during Notting Hill Carnival


A 48-hour walk-out by bus staff over Bank Holiday weekend could spark traffic chaos for revellers at Notting Hill Carnival, union bosses have warned.

More than 400 controllers are set to strike between August 27 and August 29 in a row over pay sparking fears of widespread disruption across the capital, Unite the union said.

Staff responsible for rerouting buses for major events including Notting Hill carnival are among those involved in a dispute over an “unfair” pay rise offered to workers by Transport for London.

The walk-out comes as more than two million people are expected to descend on west London for the carnival.

Notting Hill Carnival 2016 – In pictures

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Street festival: Thousands of people headed to Notting Hill for the second day of the carnival

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Snap: Performers in identical blue outfits pose for the cameras

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Big turnout: Hundreds lined the streets for the procession

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Caribbean culture: A woman dances her way down the street in the final day of the carnival

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Festival of colour: A performer dances in front of the crowds during the Grande Finale on Monday

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Drummers filled the streets as Monday’s event got into full swing

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Police presence is high following complaints about security last year

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Revellers take part in the Children’s Day parade after a paint fight party

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Revellers take part in the Children’s Day parade

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Dancers perform during the Children’s Day parade

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Revellers take part in the Children’s Day parade after a paint fight party

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Dancers perform during the Children’s Day parade

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Dancers perform during the Children’s Day parade

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Revellers enjoy the Notting Hill Carnival after joining a paint fight party in the early morning

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Performers dressed in flamboyant costumes for the Children’s Day parade

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Dancers perform during the Children’s Day parade

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Police Officers during the Children’s Day parade

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Revellers enjoy a paint fight party

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The 3.5-mile long parade will shut down huge swathes of Notting Hill, Westbourne Park and Labroke Grove. 

Tube stations will operate an exit only policy at certain times during the event leaving revellers reliant on buses to get around.

Dancers during the parade at last year’s carnival (Isabel Infantes/PA Wire)

Bus station controllers, traffic controllers and traffic enforcement officers are among those who have been offered a £250-per-year non-consolidated payment compared to a 3.2 per cent increase for London Underground workers.

Unite Regional officer Hugh Roberts said: “Hard working TfL staff who perform crucial work keeping bus drivers safe and the network running smoothly, are fed up with being treated as the poor relations. 

Revellers at last year’s carnival (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

“TfL management must understand that our members are not going to accept a few crumbs from the rich man’s table. They deserve a decent pay rise. 

“The non-consolidated offer is particularly insulting as after the two year pay deal the workers’ pay will still be stuck at current levels.

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“The ball is firmly in TfL management’s court, the inevitable disruption this strike will cause can be avoided, by the organisation entering into meaningful negotiations.”

Claire Mann, TfL’s Director of Bus Service Delivery and Operations, said: “We have made a fair offer to staff, which maintains pay and conditions, improves work-life balance, brings salaries in line with similar roles and reflects the tough financial environment in which we operate. Discussions have been underway for the past 18 months and we continue to be available for further talks. We are putting plans in place to ensure minimal disruption to bus services over the bank holiday weekend should the strike action go ahead.” 



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