London bus drivers are set to strike up to and during the London Olympics.
Bus drivers in London have threatened to disrupt the 2012 London Olympics by walkouts voicing their anger over their workload and payment during the sporting event.
The recent warning from the drivers comes as a great source of embarrassment for the British government trying hard to illustrate an organized and secure image of the capital’s transport system.
London bus drivers have announced that they would stage a strike on June 22 and would continue to stage walkouts up to and during the Olympic Games.
Bus drivers are the only transport workers in London who are denied bonus payment, with workers on London Underground, London Overground, Docklands Light Railways, Network Rail and Virgin receiving bonuses from £500 to £900.
“There is no moral or economic justification for treating bus workers like second-class citizens. There is a clear precedent for rewarding bus workers for keeping London moving over the Olympics”, said Peter Kavanagh, the Unite union’s regional secretary for London.
The drivers’ struggle for bonus payments comes as Britain’s Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has been urged to resign over his links to Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB bid, said the Olympics budget would come £476 million under its planned budget.
Unite has urged the government to pay the disputed bonus to over 20,000 drivers, which would cost £14 million, from the remaining £476 million. With 800,000 extra passengers expected to travel on buses during the Olympics, any disruption to London’s transport system could seriously damage the image of Britain.