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Steve Turner, Unite executive director of policy, said:
- 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.
- Ahead of the talks, Unite accused employers of acting with "gross irresponsibility" by implying workers could gain a £500 bonus under an offer previously made at Acas and rejected out of hand by the union.
- Unite says that the £500 offered by the bus operators was immediately rejected at previous talks as it required its members to work all 29 days of the Olympics and Paralympics to achieve it.
Talks aimed at averting fresh strikes by London bus workers in a row over an Olympic bonus are to be held today.
Members of the Unite union went on strike last month and are planning 24-hour walkouts on Thursday and on July 24, just a few days before the opening ceremony of the Games.