May 22 2013 Latest news:
by Zjan Shirinian
Friday, June 22, 2012
Bus routes across Redbridge are being affected today by a 24-hour strike.
Members of Unite the Union at a number of bus companies across the Capital walked out this morning.
The dispute centres on Unite’s aim of securing a £500 bonus for bus workers on duty during the London 2012 Games.
It is understood all bus routes running in Redbridge are affected by the strike, with drivers for companies including Arriva North and Blue Triangle Buses staying at home.
But Transport for London (TfL) has said more than a third of bus services are running across the Capital.
TfL is urging people to check its website for up-to-date information on bus services.
Information is also being provided on TfL’s 2,500 roadside countdown signs, and on Twitter through @TfLTravelAlerts.
During the course of the strike bus passes will be accepted on reasonable alternative routes on Tube, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), and London Overground – affected passengers should seek assistance from staff at the gate lines.
People are advised to try and use alternative modes of transport or walk in areas where bus services are affected.
Peter Hendy, transport commissioner, said: “It is now clear that the leadership of Unite were intent on a strike all along.
“They have pursued this unnecessary course of action despite an extra £8.3million being brokered by the Mayor that would allow every bus driver in London in a garage where one or more routes were affected by the 2012 Games to gain, over the 29 days of the competitions, about £500.
“Despite additional offers to supplement this from the bus companies the Unite leadership have refused to defer the strike to give time for further negotiations or for any of the offers to be put to their members. I’m sorry that Londoners are therefore going to be disrupted today.”
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