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‘Destination: Action’ for London’s bus drivers

Issue No. 2298

Bus workers in London are meeting this Saturday to discuss their campaign to win a bonus payment for the Olympic games.

The meeting, called by the Busworker rank and file network, follows a recent overwhelming vote by London bus workers to take industrial action over the issue.

That indicative ballot saw 90 percent of those polled backing action. The Unite union now plans to move to a formal strike ballot for bus workers across London.

Unite is calling for bus operators to pay £500 to each bus worker in recognition of the vastly increased workloads they will face during the games.

But London’s dozen or so private bus operators have all refused to even talk to the union about the issue.

Earlier this year Unite general secretary Len McCluskey caused outrage among politicians when he raised the prospect of bus workers striking during the Olympics.

Busworker meeting, Saturday 14 April, 5.30pm, Willesden Labour Club (the Apollo club, opposite Willesden bus garage), 375 High Road, London NW10 2JR


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Tue 10 Apr 2012, 18:20 BST
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