Activists have blockaded London bus depots operated by companies which used High Court injunction to prevent their workers joining last week’s strike

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Supporters of London bus workers demanding a financial bonus for extra work during the Olympics have blockaded a number of garages around the capital, preventing buses from leaving (pictured).

The activists have targeted six depots across London operated by the three companies – Arriva, Metroline and Go-Ahead – which last week secured a High Court injunction preventing their staff from joining last Friday’s city-wide strike action.

An activist blockading one of the Go-Ahead depots in south London told UnionNews: “We’ll stay here as long as we can, until the police come.”

Unite intends to lodge a legal challenge to the injunction – likely to be made later this week – and officials say the union will also re-ballot its members at the three companies to allow them to take part in any future strike action in the Olympic bonus dispute.

Senior officials have warned of escalating direct action, as well as further strike action in the lead-up to the Olympics, if the bus operators and Transport for London, continue to refuse bus workers a bonus.

Bus workers are among the lowest-paid of all transport workers in London, but employers have refused to grant them a £500 bonus for the extra workload they are being asked to take on during the period of the games.

Workers on London Underground, DLR, London Overground and some network rail services are to receive Olympic bonuses of between £500 and £900.

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