Unite and bus operators are to continue talks with ACAS


The bus strike planned by Unite members tomorrow over Olympic bonuses has been suspended to allow for negotiations to continue.

Drivers took industrial action on June 22nd and planned to strike again tomorrow 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.

Unite and the 21 bus operators on Monday began negotiations at ACAS and tomorrow’s planned strike has been suspended to allow them to continue.

Last week, Unite regional secretary, Peter Kavanagh, said: “This dispute could be resolved at a stroke if the operators negotiate meaningfully.

“Instead, it looks like a coordinated attack, orchestrated by the Tory mayor, looking for a political fight with Unite and London’s bus workers. Even ‘Boris bike’ workers are getting a £500 Olympic award.

“There is no justification to ignoring the massive increase in workload bus workers face. They will be on the frontline, keeping London moving during the Games.

“Last week’s action was extremely well supported and workers are getting angrier by the day – there will be no retreat.”

Unite has estimated it will cost £14m to fund a bonus payment of £500 for every bus worker in the capital.

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.

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