United Kingdom -Private sector bus drivers’ industrial action for Olympic bonus pay -June 22, 2012

In the first London-wide strike of bus drivers in 30 years, workers at all 21 bus companies joined the strike action. Unite had started a strike ballot among bus drivers from private companies, who demanded a bonus for working during the Olympic games. On Friday 8 June over 20,000 members of Unite working for 20 London bus operators, including Go Ahead, Stagecoach, London United, Arriva, Metroline, First and Abellio backed strike action by an average of 94%. Union officials say other transport workers get bonuses between £500 and £2,000 as a compensation for the enormous increase in work load and work pressure. Transport for London stated that the workers will be paid overtime. The disruption began on the first shift on Friday 22 June around 3.00am and finished at the end of the night shift on Saturday 23 June despite court injunctions for three of the 21 strikes. Unions say that, due to many of the companies being owned by multinational companies, they hope their action will have consequences for bonus payments to transport workers during all major sports events.

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