Trade unions have warned of industrial action to prevent cuts to London’s bus network.

Unite said a consultation on proposals to cut a number of bus routes in the capital could lead to hundreds of job losses.

The union called for guarantees that jobs will not be lost and take-home pay will not fall, or it will prepare for industrial action.

London’s bus drivers fear a loss of overtime and rest day working, which is relied on to boost earnings, said Unite.

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General secretary Sharon Graham said: “These cuts are an attempt to make London’s bus workers pay the price for the pandemic and we reject them entirely.

“The option of Unite taking industrial action to protect our members is fully on the table.

“Bus cuts also always harm those who can least afford to lose the bus service our poorest communities.

“The mayor and the London Assembly must firmly reject TfL (Transport for London)’s plans and stand up to the Westminster government.”

It comes ahead of the London Underground set to strike on June 21 as part of the biggest industrial action since the 1980s.