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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.

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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.

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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 union wants to hold talks

The "Unite" union, which is behind Friday's bus strike, says it wants peace talks tomorrow at the concilation service "Acas".

It says it will be at Acas at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning.

Moves are now under to try to get representatives of London's 21 bus companies to attend too.A 24-hour walkout to due take place on Friday, to back up the bus dirvers' claim for a 500-pound Olympic bonus.

Bus strike protest

Protester in Westminster Credit: Hannah Gurney

London's mayor was urged to intervene today in a dispute over Olympic pay which threatens to cause chaos in the capital on Friday because of a strike by bus workers.

More than 20,000 members of Unite are set to walk out for 24 hrs in support of a claim for a £500 bonus for working during the Games.

Len McCluskey, the union's general secretary, wrote to Boris Johnson today with a "final call" for a meeting to try to avert the strike.

He accused the mayor of wanting to "take on Unite", putting the success of the Olympic Games in "jeopardy" for politically-motivated reasons.

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