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.