Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon has written a letter to the Mayor of London Mr Sadiq Khan imploring him to make sure trainee drivers who were unfairly paid below the London Living Wage are compensated.
The TfL bus drivers are hoping to be compensated for being underpaid between 2009 and 2017. Transport for London has had contracts with bus companies stating that all drivers must be paid the London Living Wage.
As of now, Mayor Khan has not indicated whether the drivers will be compensated. A spokesperson for the Mayor said: “As TfL has confirmed, everyone who provides bus travel in London is paid at least the London Living Wage.
The Spokesperson went on to say “When TfL found out that some trainees were being paid less than the London Living Wage they put a stop to it, and TfL continue to ask operators to confirm in writing that they are complying each year when the hourly rate is revised.”
The spokesperson also said from April 2019 bus drivers, once qualified, would receive a minimum wage of £24,711, an increase of £799 from the previous year.
It is estimated that as many as 20,000 drivers were underpaid during that time. Mr Khan has acknowledged he has received the letter but is yet to send an official response.