Jul 4 2012 By Ian Proctor
TRADE union chiefs locked in talks with the capital's bus operators have called off tomorrow's planned walkout by bus drivers.
Unite said it had suspended the 24-hour industrial action, which would have caused the cancellation of routes and major disruption for passengers, "to allow further negotiations" with the companies at mediation body ACAS but would not comment further.
The drivers want a £500 bonus for working over the Olympics, a sum similar to those promised to other public transport operatives.
Transport for London's (TfL) managing director for surface transport, Leon Daniels, said: "We welcome the news that the planned strike action on the bus network has now been suspended.
"Londoners will no doubt be relieved that the two parties – the bus operators and the union - will now be continuing their negotiations and that they will not face disruption tomorrow.
“The bus operators have offered additional funds on top of the £8.3m million brokered by the Mayor from the Olympic Delivery Authority. TfL has also offered to share with bus staff any additional bus fare revenue generated by the London 2012 Games.
"The suspension of strike action means there is now time for negotiation and serious consideration of this very fair offer, which the Unite leadership must now put to their members.”
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