Bus strike, about politics or pay?

Is this strike about a pay deal for bus drivers or an attempt by Unite to disrupt the Olympic and Paralympic Games?  The reason I ask is twofold.

Firstly because back in February of this year Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the union that has gone on strike, called on unions to disrupt the Games as a protest against the government.  This campaign of “civil disobedience” is clearly politically driven.

Secondly, we have to wonder why the extra money put on the table by the ODA, money which would have met almost all of the union demands, wan’t put to the union members by the union leadership.

As I’ve written before, I believe that the leadership of the transport unions are playing out their own political battles using their own members as pawns.

Luckily the tube network and rail network look like they have been able to deal with the extra passenger demand but unfortunately many people will have been disadvantaged by this strike action. The most perverse thing is that it is disproportionately hurting lower paid Londoners.

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