Plenary on 2012-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2012
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Boris Johnson (Chair,TfL)



Answer for Concern

Answer for Concern

Answered By: 
Boris Johnson (Chair,TfL)

Thank you, Val. I think the issue that is causing me the most concern at the moment obviously is my continuing desire to sustain investment in transport infrastructure and to get the investment that London needs. There is also a particular question that I know is on people's minds at the moment and that is the threat of a bus strike on Friday. I must repeat my essential point about this; this is due to the failure of the bus companies to negotiate with their staff and indeed I think the obduracy of some of the trades unions. As I have said repeatedly when asked about this, the issue is and always has been to what extent people working for the bus companies are actually going to be asked to do more during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, during that period.

To the extent that drivers and others may actually be doing more, it is and always has been the case that there are Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) funds available and we have ensured that there is an £8.3 million pot available from the ODA for the bus companies to compensate their workers, their drivers. It is there; I urged them to take account of the fact that those funds are there. I urged them to do the right thing by their workforce and by Londoners and get on and negotiate. I would say to those who are seriously proposing a strike, which would be greatly disruptive, I say to them that cash is available but it is only available on condition that Londoners are not disrupted and that there is no strike.