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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Bus workers in London have been made a new Olympics working pay offer as companies try to avert the threat of any more strikes in the run-up to the Games.
Members of the Unite union staged a 24-hour walkout last month over a claim for a £500 bonus for working during the Olympics.
Another planned strike last week was called off to allow further talks between the union and bus companies at conciliation service Acas, but the threat of a new walkout just three days before the start of the Games remained.
John Woods, Acas deputy chief conciliator, said: “Following six days of negotiations, talks between the London bus companies and Unite have reached a conclusion. An offer has been made, the details of which Unite will be reporting back to its representatives. The details of the offer remain confidential.”
Meanwhile, the Rail Maritime and Transport union reported that its members on Southern trains have voted to accept an Olympics deal which it said will see all staff receiving a basic payment of £300 with an additional £28 per day available for rest day and Sunday working and £50 for additional late night turns.
The union is still in dispute with South West Trains, Greater Anglia and First Great Western over an Olympic bonus for workers.