London bus workers and operators heading for Olympic pay dispute

08:22 02 March 2012

Hot on the heels of a dispute between Tube workers and bosses over Olympics pay, a confrontation involving bus drivers is now brewing.

The Unite union, which represents 28,000 bus workers, claims operators in the capital are “forcing” a clash with staff over extra pay during the Games.

Bus workers want a £500 Olympic payment to reward the extra work they say will be required of them, but Unite says a deadline for negotiation with bosses have been missed without any meetings being held.

Unite points out that other transport workers in London have been offered extra pay for working during the Olympics, and said Transport for London was predicting an extra 800,000 passengers on the London bus network during the event.

Peter Kavanagh, Unite regional secretary for London, said: “London’s bus operators are doing their staff, passengers and the capital a huge disservice by refusing to even meet with Unite to discuss a reasonable Olympic payment.

“Virtually every other public transport worker in London will receive an Olympic payment.

“Our members are ready to meet the challenge of this summer’s games. Bus workers will face huge pressures as a result of an extra 800,000 passengers using the London bus network, but their employers won’t even meet to discuss the workers’ contribution.

“By burying their heads in the sand for the last three months, London’s bus operators are forcing a confrontation with 28,000 bus workers.

“Unite is preparing to hold a consultative ballot at the end of March. We are ready and willing to sit down for talks at any time but unfortunately, the dismissive attitude of the employers suggests they are more inclined towards confrontation.”

Unite’s leader Len McCluskey came under fire earlier this week when he warned of possible public sector strikes during the Olympics.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London transportation news

Thursday, April 16, 2015
The woman died after being hit by a train at Battersea Park station

A woman has died after being hit by a train at Battersea Park station.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
You can visit the disused platforms of Charing Cross station's Jubilee Line

Tube lovers and rail enthusiasts are being given a rare opportunity to visit one of London’s largest disused Underground stations.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
A person was hit by a train at Gipsy Hill station

Services through Gipsy Hill station are delayed and cancelled this morning after a person was hit by a train.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Expect queues, cancellations and delays at Victoria station this evening  (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

An accident near Brighton this afternoon has had a knock-on effect on trains leaving the capital.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Do you recognise this man? [Photograph from British Transport Police]

Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a woman on the Tube bewtween Fulham Broadway and Earls Court during the morning rush hour.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Delays are expected until at least 6pm at Paddington staiton [Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images]

Commuters using Paddington to get home face delays until at least 6pm after a signalling problem caused problems for trains running in and out of the station.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...