Sweeping pay claim by London busmen
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• London Transport's 27,000 busmen are demanding a sweeping increase in pay, together with a shorter working week, and extra holiday for busmen with under seven years' service with the undertaking. The formal claim lodged with the Executive is for an increase of £4 4s 6d a week for both drivers and conductors, bringing the basic weekly wage to £22 lOs and £21 14s respectively. It also asks for a reduction of the working week from 40 to 37+ hours. Leaders of the busmen will meet members of the Executive next week to discuss the new claim. They will also seek a third week's annual holiday for all staff with more than 12 months' service. Under the present agreement busmen with up to five years' service are limited to two weeks' annual leave, those with five years qualify for 2 weeks plus 3 days and those with six years 2 weeks plus four days.