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Boris braves the picket line

Mayor of London Boris Johnson arrives at the Fleet Street offices of law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, to meet the transport secretary Justine Greening MP.

He is there for a business forum, where he will warn companies "not to chance it" when they come to their Olympic travel plans.

Unite members, who are calling for an Olympic bonus payment for bus drivers, have been staging a protest outside the building.

The Mayor of London arrives at 65 Fleet Street. Credit: London Tonight

Bus workers stage protest on Fleet Street

Unite members are staging a bus strike protest outside the Fleet Street office of lawyers Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where union officials expect Boris Johnson to meet Transport Secretary Justine Greening MP.

Union members wave placards and flags. Credit: London Tonight
Unite union members crowd the pavement. Credit: London Tonight.
Pickets are stationed at all of the building's entrances. Credit: London Tonight.

Union: bus companies need to "see sense"

Steve Turner from the Unite union talked to London Tonight about his hopes for the talks taking place today.

Union leaders are meeting with representatives from the capital's 20 bus companies, in an attempt to prevent further strike action.

Bus workers are planning to walkout for 24 hours this Thursday and on the July 24th, just three days before the Olympic opening ceremony.

They want a £500 bonus for working during the Games.


Talks to avert further bus strikes

Bus drivers are among those wanting a £500 bonus Credit: PA

Fresh talks aimed at averting more strikes by London bus workers in a row over an Olympic bonus are to be held.

Members of the Unite union are planning 24-hour walkouts on Thursday and on July 24th, just a few days before the opening ceremony of the Games.

Workers from all 20 bus companies are planning to strike Credit: PA

The union is seeking £500 for each of its 20,000 members at 20 bus companies for working over the Games period, pointing out that other transport workers are being paid a bonus.

The union has added £100 to its claim for every day that a strike is held.

The talks will be held at the conciliation service Acas.

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