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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Which services will still run tomorrow?

Arriva the Shires, Metroline and London General services will still operate.

Arriva the Shires serves areas of Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire covering Watford, High Wycombe, Hemel Hempstead, Luton, Aylesbury, Stevenage and Hitchin.

Metroline covers areas of north and west London and Hertfordshire including west Perivale, Perivale, Brentford, Potters Bar, Edgware, Harrow Weald, Cricklewood, Willesden, Holloway and Kings Cross.

London General serves many areas of the capital including Belvedere, Bermondsey (Mandela Way), Merton, Putney, Stockwell, Sutton, Tottenham (Northumberland Park), Waterloo and Wimbledon (Waterside Way).

Statement from transport commissioner

It is, and always has been, for the bus companies and Unite to resolve this dispute. Given their inability to do so, the mayor obtained - unprecedentedly - £8.3 million from the Olympic Delivery Authority.

This would allow every bus driver in London in a garage where one or more routes were affected by the 2012 Games to gain, over the 29 days of the competitions, about £500...

...The mayor has made it clear that the money he obtained... is only available if there is no strike. Our message to London's bus drivers tonight is: you should work normally tomorrow...

– Transport commissioner Peter Hendy


Most bus workers still set to strike

Most London bus workers will go ahead with their strike tomorrow despite the High Court injunction granted to three companies involved in the dispute over Olympic bonus payments.

Bus companies Arriva, Metroline and London General were granted an injunction by Mr Justice Supperstone preventing Unite members they employ from going on strike.

Bus drivers to go on strike

Talks aimed at averting a bus workers' strike in London tomorrow have ended without agreement and the action will go ahead, said the Unite union.


Bus bonus bill

The Unite union estimates that the bill to provide bonuses for bus workers during the Olympics will be £16 million.

The figure emerged this morning as talks at ACAS between the union and the bus operators got underway.

Unite members are demanding a £500 bonus for all London bus workers, including engineers and supervisors, for working during the games.

Transport for London has secured £8 million from the Olympic Delivery Authority budget to help cover the bonuses.

Talks to be held over bus strike

Talks between bus companies and the Unite Union will be held at the concilation service "Acas," today, ahead of a planned strike on Friday.

More than 20,000 bus drivers are planning to walk off the job over claims they should be paid a bonus for working during the Olympics.

Mayor Boris Johnson has offered them more than £8 million if they cancel the strike, but it would mean London taxpayers would pick up the bill through money set aside to pay for the Olympics.

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