TfL 24-hour controller strike averted

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A planned 24-hour strike of bus controllers across London has been cancelled after last ditch talks with Transport for London (TfL), according to trade union Unite.

Over 400 members of Unite union were expected to walk out on Friday, September 22, as part of a long-running dispute over pay.

A TfL spokeswoman confirmed that the strike had been called off after a deal was reached during talks on Wednesday, September 20.

Controllers had been protesting an offer the union said was worth £6.73 a week, which it described as the worst for anyone at TfL. Bus drivers were not involved in the dispute and the walk out was not expected to cause disruption to the capital’s bus network.

Unite Regional Officer, Hugh Roberts, said: “Unite had repeatedly said that if TfL came forward with a realistic offer, this dispute could be resolved, and this proved to be the case.

“By including a consolidated pay increase for next year, our members have been reassured that TfL is not intent on constantly undermining their pensions.

“Unite expects that this pay deal will lay the foundations for more realistic pay increases in future years.”

The Unite union said TfL had given a revised pay offer, which includes a 1% increase in pay across the board for the next financial year.