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London 2012: “More strikes inevitable” over bus dispute, warns union

11:38 25 June 2012

A 262 bus in Stratford a short time ago. Picture by Paul Bennett

A 262 bus in Stratford a short time ago. Picture by Paul Bennett

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More strikes are inevitable if a dispute over Olympic bonuses for bus workers is not sorted, Unite the Union’s general secretary has warned.

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Len McCluskey was speaking at the Unite Policy Conference this morning.

His speech came after Friday’s London-wide bus strike which saw thousands of bus workers from companies across the capital hold a 24-hour walkout.

The dispute centres on bus workers demands for a £500 bonus for working during the London 2012 Games.

Describing the dispute, Mr McCluskey told conference this morning: “A straight forward dispute, about fairness, giving hard-working bus drivers the same bonus payment that has already been awarded to every other transport worker.

“And a fraction of the bonuses being paid to Transport for London bosses.

“I say this to Boris Johnson and the bus companies: sort it out now, or more strikes are inevitable.”

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