Talks with ACAS reconvene tomorrow as Unite hopes Olympic bonus fight reaches its endgame

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Today’s bus strike in London over Olympic bonuses has been suspended to allow negotiations between drivers and operators to continue.

Following successful action on June 22nd, Unite members planned to strike again today and on July 24th, in a dispute organisers believe could lead to a ‘total standstill’ of bus services just three days before the games are due to begin.

But following talks at ACAS, today’s action has been called off after the basis of an offer with bus operators has been agreed.

The meeting has been adjourned until tomorrow to allow Transport for London to get more details about the offer which Unite hopes will be finalised by July 9th at the latest.

The drivers are seeking a £500 bonus for working during the Olympics. Other London transport workers – such as on the underground, Docklands Light Railway and some network rail services – are to receive bonuses of between £500 and £900 in recognition of the expected extra workload during the period of the games.

The top seven TfL managers are receiving bonuses of £80,000 each.

You can read a report of the June 22nd strike here and watch a UnionNews film of the action here.

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