Bus strike threatened in bid for Olympic gold

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Thousands of bus drivers are set to go on strike in London today after talks over a bonus payment for working during the Olympic Games broke down last night.

Three companies – Arriva, Metroline and Go Ahead – all secured High Court injunctions to prevent their workers from taking part in the 24-hour walkout because of poor compliance with strike regulations.

But drivers at the capital's 18 other bus firms were still set to walk out, according to the Unite union, which is demanding £500 for every driver. That left Transport for London Commissioner Peter Hendy to conclude that much of the network "might be quite affected".