25 May 2011

London drivers demand Olympic parity

London’s bus drivers have voted unanimously to demand that mayor Boris Johnson give them the same treatment already agreed for the tube and rail workers during the Olympics. Drivers will have to carry up to one million more passengers during the Olympics, and deal with roads heavily congested by games-related traffic.
Peter Kavanagh from Unite said, “It is only right that some of the money generated by the London 2012 games goes towards rewarding those who will keep the show on the road.” With the current attack on bus drivers’ pay and conditions, it is crucial that workers avoid no-strike deals and retain their full rights to take action—especially when the employers are vulnerable.

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