Union has called off 48-hour strike on London cycle hire scheme which was due to coincide with Olympics opening ceremony tomorrow


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The RMT has suspended a 48-hour strike on the London bike hire scheme which was due to start tomorrow – the opening day of the Olympic Games.

The union – which is not recognised by the operators of the ‘Boris Bikes’ scheme – has been demanding an increased bonus payment for workers during the period of the Olympic games, which continue until mid-September.

RMT officials say they have secured ‘substantial’ improvements both on the financing of a bonus and on recognition by the employers, Serco Barclay’s.

They have not yet given any further details.

General secretary Bob Crow said: “It is the unanimous view of our representatives on the London “Boris Bikes” that we should suspend the action due to start tomorrow to allow our members a chance to meet to discuss future strategy.

“RMT’s dispute with the company remains on and our executive will consider further industrial action and campaigning activities following the members meeting aimed at securing improved pay and conditions for this group of key London transport staff.”

Meanwhile, a separate strike by Transport for London customer service staff, also over an Olympic bonus, which was due to be held on Friday, has been put back a week to August 3.

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