Bus Unions Talk Up Action Over Olympics Payments

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 74 months ago
Bus Unions Talk Up Action Over Olympics Payments

DLR and Overground staff have it, tube staff are negotiating for it and now bus workers want it: we are, of course, talking about extra Olympic payments.

Unite – the boss of which, Len McClusky, managed to piss off half the country by suggesting anti-cuts industrial action during the Games – want £500 to make up for dealing with the expected 800,000 extra bus passengers, but operators didn't come to the table before the union's 29 February deadline. It does seem a bit odd that bus drivers et al haven't been offered an extra payment like their trainy brethren, and now there's the possibility of action, even strikes.

Buses aren't the only form of transport gearing up for a confrontation over Olympics money. This week the RMT rejected a deal of up to £500 for tube staff, an amount which is in line with that offered to DLR and Overground staff and much more than the £100 originally dangled by TfL. Expect this one to run and run.

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Last Updated 02 March 2012

James Chapman

I have to work extra during the olympics but will only be getting boring old overtime. Can somebody please advise where I can get myself one of these union bosses which will blackmail my employer into paying me even more money.

Thank you.

Terry C

McClusky. That's Scots isn't it? Hasn't he been given his independence yet?

Dave H

This all strikes me (no pun intended) as rather sordid. These union actions seem to be little more than blackmail and extortion: "We'll cripple London and ruin its reputation during the Games if you don't pay us off." Sad, really.