Bus Strike

Thousands of London bus workers have voted to go on strike in a row over extra payments for working during the Olympic Games.

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TFL is appealing for bus drivers on later shifts to work

Out of service bus in Lambeth Credit: ITN

Striking bus drivers caused rush hour delays and disruption in parts of London, but Transport for London say over a third of routes operated.

36 per cent of drivers turned up for work whilst the rest are striking in a dispute over a bonus for working during the Olympics.

Tfl appealed to drivers on later shifts to go to work, saying that any strikers may not get the bonus that is being offered by the bus companies.

There is a big gap between what is on the table, £8.3 million, and what the strikers want: £21 million.

The union, Unite, wants every bus driver to be paid a larger bonus, even if they don't drive routes affected by the Olympics, including anyone off sick or unavailabe to work.



Bus strike begins

London bus drivers have walked off the job over a dispute about their pay during the Olympics.

Bus companies Arriva, Metroline and London General were granted a High Court injunction to prevent their workers going on strike, which means around a quarter of services will still operate.

But the Unite Union said its members at 17 other bus firms are sticking to their plan.

Mayor Boris Johnson has said those who strike will not be eligible for an Olympics bonus.

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