Teamsters Stand In Solidarity With British Bus Workers
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Teamsters Stand In Solidarity With British Bus Workers PR Newswire WASHINGTON, June 6, 2012 - More Than 24,000 Workers Could Strike During 2012 Olympics WASHINGTON, June 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Teamsters Union stands in solidarity with sister union Unite in the United Kingdom and the more than 24,000 Unite bus workers in

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Teamsters Stand In Solidarity With British Bus
Workers
PR Newswire
WASHINGTON, June 6, 2012
- More Than 24,000 Workers Could Strike During 2012 Olympics
WASHINGTON
,
June 6, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- The Teamsters Union stands in
solidarity with sister union Unite in the
United Kingdom
and the more than
24,000 Unite bus workers in a six-month labor dispute that holds the potential
to disrupt the 2012 Olympics in
London
.
London
's bus workers could strike during the Olympics if their employers
continue to resist negotiating over compensation. A vote on a possible strike
action will be completed on
June 8
. In a recent consultative ballot of the union's
members, 95 percent backed a strike ballot.
Bus workers are the only transport workers in the city that are not receiving
additional compensation for the projected mass increase in work during the
Olympics.
Unions in the U.K. have already negotiated bonus compensation for workers on
the London Docklands Light Railway, the London Underground, London Rail
"Overground" and Virgin Railways.
London
's bus routes are franchised by a public body, Transport for
London
, but
the routes are operated by 21 private companies, including multinationals
FirstGroup, Stagecoach and Go-Ahead. Despite Unite's repeated requests, all of
the bus companies have refused to meet to discuss plans for the games.
"The Teamsters Union stands by our sister union, Unite, and the thousands of
bus workers who want to welcome the world to their city for the Olympics," said
Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. "The spirit of these games should not
be tarnished by the refusal of the city's private bus operators to respect
workers and compensate them fairly."
"Bus workers are prepared to go above and beyond the call of duty to make
the Olympics a success, but they cannot be ignored. The behaviour of
Transport for
London
and the bus companies is a mass dereliction of duty to
London
, to visitors and to the workers who keep our city running," said Peter
Kavanagh, Unite's Regional Secretary for
London
.
"We want to thank the Teamsters Union in America and the global labor
movement for their continued support, which is crucial because the world will
be watching London this summer. People across the globe who will be viewing
the games need to know just how irresponsible Transport for
London
and the
London bus companies are being. If there is disruption up to and during the
Olympics it will be because the bus companies and Transport for
London
failed
in their duty to
London
."
With
London
's population of nearly eight million expected to swell during the
games, an additional burden will be placed on the city's transport system and
its workers. Nearly one million additional passengers are expected to travel on
buses during the Olympics.
Unite has called for a payment of about
$750
to recognize and reward bus
workers. The payment would equate to about
$25
per day per worker.
A recent survey of passengers showed nearly 90 percent supported rewarding
London
's bus workers during the Olympics.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents more
than 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United
States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information.
Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters.