Page last updated at 15:32 GMT, Tuesday, 21 October 2008 16:32 UK

Legal action thwarts bus strike

Bus
A second strike is planned for 12 September

A planned bus strike by thousands of London bus drivers has been thwarted after company bosses were granted an injunction in the High Court.

About 14,000 members of the Unite union were due to take industrial action for 24 hours on Wednesday.

Union leaders called the employers' action an attack on democracy.

But bus operators said they were committed to finding a resolution to the long-running dispute over pay and working conditions.

Right to strike

Workers are demanding a standard 30,000 salary for all bus drivers across the network, insisting that pay disparity between London's 18 different bus operators could be as much as 6,000.

Unite said it had decided to suspend the strike and seek legal guidance after an injunction was granted to Metrobus.

Managers at First Group, Arriva, Metroline, East London Buses and East Thames Buses also threatened to pursue the same course of action.

Unite's regional officer Peter Kavanagh said: "The employers' actions are an attack on democracy and the right to strike.

"Thousands of London bus drivers voted for industrial action in a secret ballot, in most cases by around 90%, because they are fed up with the pay mess inflicted on them by the bus companies."

But Adrian Jones, managing director of London & Berkshire, part of First Group, said: "I am pleased that our customers will not have their bus services disrupted on 22nd October and that our staff will be working as normal.

"We are continuing to try and find ways to achieve a final resolution of this dispute."




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