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Bus workers accept Olympics deal

Issue No. 2313

London bus workers have voted by 71 percent to 29 percent to accept the Olympic bonus offer.

The deal means £27.50 per completed duty. It will see those workers who work 21 duties over the 29 days of the Olympic period receive £577 before tax.

Full-time workers are guaranteed £500 if they work all their duties. Although if you are sick or on holiday during the Olympics you’ll get less.

That’s why 29 percent of drivers voted to reject the deal. It shows that many workers thought more could be achieved with further action, despite the union recommending the offer.

It was only strikes—and the threat of more strikes up to and during the Olympics—that brought bosses to the negotiating table.

It is time to hit back against management bullying in the garages and the drive to a two-tier workforce. Rank and file activists on the buses are organising to demand one rate for the job across London.

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Tue 24 Jul 2012, 16:43 BST
Issue No. 2313
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