By Paddy McGuffin in England:
London bus drivers join unofficial protest
Sunday 01 July 2012
London bus drivers took part in a day of demonstrations on Friday in the ongoing dispute over Olympic payments.
At least 40 routes from bus garages in Edgware, Westbourne Park, Willesden, Brixton, Garston and Alperton were disrupted during morning rush hour.
Some buses were reportedly prevented from entering and leaving garages.
A still far bigger contrast is the far bigger than £500 Olympic bonuses which London transport bosses get.
But bosses are refusing to agree to the payments despite the fact that the Olympic Delivery Authority has made £8.3 million available for that express purpose, over half the total cost of £14m.
Unite staged a day of official action last Friday which saw thousands of bus drivers take part in a 24-hour strike despite an 11th-hour injunction secured by three firms Arriva, Metroline and London General to prevent their workers walking out.
Unite has announced two further strike dates strike on 5 and July 24 – three days before the Olympic opening ceremony.
Around 100 people marched through east London on Saturday to protest against plans to put surface-to-air missiles on top of ordinary blocks of flats as part of the Olympic “ring of steel”: here.