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Union calls for a vote to end 'bedroom tax'

The trade union Unite has organised a protest in Knightsbridge to coincide with the first anniversary of the introduction of the "bedroom tax". Unite wants a vote to end the policy, which was meant to encourage council tenants to move into smaller properties if they were in houses with a spare room.

Opponents say it has left many tenants forced in to paying more for their current houses as there aren't enough smaller properties available for them to move into. The government has said the scheme is not a tax and instead refers to it as "the spare room subsidy".


Parcel deliveries in London hit by strike

Workers at delivery giant UPS are staging a 24 hour walkout

Parcel deliveries in London are expected to be severely hit today as UPS workers stage a 24 hour strike. The action is part of a row over workloads and alleged bullying.

120 staff at the Camden depot began a walkout at one minute past midnight this morning. Members of the Unite union at the UPS London base voted by 9-1 in favour of industrial action.

Unite: Lloyds Banking Group to axe 850 jobs

Lloyds Banking Group is to cut 850 jobs and close an office in Southend, Essex, the Unite union said today.

Unite say the bank have announced almost 2,750 job losses since January. National officer for the union Dominic Hook is calling for a review of the cuts made by banks:

"Lloyds is celebrating a return to profit and there are hints of dividend payouts to shareholders but the bank's workers are in constant fear that they will be next for the chop.

"This is no way to treat staff. It's time to urgently review this continuous tide of cuts and build the bank's strength."

– Dominic Hook, National officer for union Unite

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.


Londoner's carry on despite bus strike

Londoners defied the capital's biggest bus strike in 30 years today, despite thousands of drivers walking out in a row over Olympic bonuses. Workers from thirteen of the Capital's twenty bus companies took part in the industrial action.

The Mayor wants their union, Unite, to accept an 8 million pound offer to end the dispute. But Unite says it's not enough as Phil Bayles reports.

Bus strike goes ahead as talks break down

Talks aimed at averting a strike by London bus workers over an Olympic payment have broken down and the action is to go ahead.

Officials from Unite spent the day meeting officials under the auspices of the conciliation service Acas to try to reach agreement over the union's claim for a £500 bonus.

A union official said the talks had ended and the strike would go ahead, although a last-ditch legal move to get the action called off was continuing in the High Court.

Three bus companies asked Mr Justice Supperstone for an urgent injunction requiring Unite to withdraw the strike call.

Andrew Stafford QC, for Arriva, Metroline and London General, said each company had refused to award a bonus and there had been no negotiations as they believed that the Games would not involve much, if any, additional work & the workers had contracts under which they received agreed levels of pay.

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.


Unite claims bus company offer amounted to £340 per bus worker not the £500 demanded. @londontonight

Read Transport for London's travel advice for Londoners commuting around the city tomorrow.

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