Britain’s largest union Unite has accused Transport for London, which has attempted to block bus drivers’ strikes during Olympics, of “barefaced hypocrisy” after revelations that TfL chiefs will get huge bonuses if the games run smoothly.
TfL’s annual report shows the top seven executives of the organization will get £80,000 apiece on two years of annual bonuses in case of faultless transport services during the London Olympics.
Unite said the bonuses are 160 times more than what the bus drivers are asking for Olympics.
Unite said TfL has tried to block every attempt by the union since September last year to persuade bus operators to negotiate a bonus deal with the union.
This is while TfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport Leon Daniels, who is on a £234,000 annual salary, condemned bus drivers’ push for an Olympic strike on the weekend.
"This is barefaced hypocrisy of the highest order. TfL chiefs on six figure salaries are in line to earn Olympic bonuses worth 160 times more than bus workers are asking for,” Unite regional secretary for London Peter Kavanagh said.
"TfL's approach to this dispute is a dereliction of duty to London, it is time TfL acted responsibly," he added.
London bus drivers who were calling for a £500 bonus for the games voted by 94 percent in favor of a strike and there is a major risk that the industrial action could hit the Olympics.
Unite says the bonus is fair for bus drivers as Network Rail, the DLR, the London Overground line and Virgin Trains have already agreed to give bonuses of between £500 and £900 to their London tube staff for the Olympics.