London bus workers strike over Olympic bonuses

2012-06-22 12:04

Most of London’s buses have been halted by a one-day strike by workers demanding a bonus for working during the Olympics.

The staff says it wants a £500 (R6 538) premium for working during the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Yesterday a High Court judge granted an injunction stopping a strike by

workers at three bus companies, citing balloting irregularities. But

staff at 17 other bus firms walked out.

Transport for London, the city’s

transit operator, said only 24% of buses were running on the network,

which usually carries 6 million passengers a day.

The bus workers are the latest transit staff to demand extra money to

work during the games. London’s subway train drivers have already

secured one-time payments of £500.

The Olympics run from July 27 to August 12.

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