London 2012: Bus drivers to be balloted on Olympic industrial action

14:09 10 May 2012

Bus drivers across London are to vote on industrial action which could take place during the Olympic Games.

Union Unite says it has given 21 London bus operators seven days notice of its intention to ballot bus workers on industrial action.

The union has also called on the mayor, Boris Johnson, to demand that bus operators agree an Olympic payment for more than 20,000 bus workers.

It says bus operators’ failure to meet with Unite means strike action could take place up to and during the Olympic Games.

Unite is calling for a £500 payment to, it says, “recognise the massive increase in workload as a result of the Olympics”.

Peter Kavanagh, Unite’s regional secretary for London, said: “Bus workers will be going above and beyond the call of duty to make the Olympics a success.

“They are the only London transport workers not getting an Olympic payment for their extra work.

“The first priority for London’s re-elected Mayor must be to demand that bus operators agree a fair award for their workers during the Olympic games.

“If bus workers take strike action in the run up to and during the Olympics it will be because Boris Johnson and the bus companies failed in their duty to London.

“The red London bus is an iconic symbol for this city. Bus workers deserve recognition for helping hundreds of thousands of extra passengers during the Olympics and dealing with major congestion on London’s roads.”

Leon Daniels, Transport for London’s managing director of surface transport, said: “London bus drivers are employed by private bus companies and their pay and conditions are set by those companies.

“If bus drivers are required to work additional hours they are always paid overtime accordingly.”

Latest London transportation news

Thursday, May 5, 2016
There are big queues at Waterloo (Photo: Amy Martin)

A ‘major fire’ next to the track at Vauxhall is disrupting South West train services from Waterloo this morning.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
There is going to be another Southern Rail strike (Picture: PA Images)

Two 24-hour strikes next week by Southern Railway conductors have been cancelled and replaced with a 24-hour walkout later in May 2016.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Will the capital be struck by yet another strike? (Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Around 1,500 maintenance workers are about to start voting on whether to go on strike over plans for the long-awaited Night Tube.

Friday, April 29, 2016
Londoners heading out of the capital for the bank holiday are being warned to expect traffic mares (Picture: PA Images)

Londoners should expect heavy traffic both ends of the long weekend and several rail networks are running reduced services, with the Gatwick Express not operating at all.

Friday, April 29, 2016
A person was hit by a train this morning at Romford station

A person has died after being struck by a train at Romford station this morning, leading to hour-long line closures on TfL Rail, Network Rail and London Overground services into Liverpool Street.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Tsvetomir Georgiev exposed himself to women on many Tube trains (Picture: BTP)

A ‘persistent pervert’ travelled around the London Underground ‘targeting lone women’ - engaging the women in conversation before ‘touching himself inappropriately’ in front of them, inciting ‘considerable fear’.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more
Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport