An issue of justice and fairness for the bus drivers and Boris can’t help but revert to type.
“It is extremely frustrating that it now appears inevitable that there will be a bus strike in large parts of London tomorrow and I have made it clear that there is large sums of cash to compensate drivers for the extra work they may be doing on some routes during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“But that cash is only available to staff who turn up for work tomorrow. There is a large amount of money on the table, there’s been ample time for the companies and Unite to get their act together and sort it out.
“I can only conclude that this strike is being driven by hardline trades union militancy and a desire to have a strike for political purposes.”
His tempting promise of cash is plainly an attempt to diffuse the industrial action through division.
For “extra work they may be doing on some routes during the Olympic and Paralympic Games” we can read that the definition of extra work and some routes will obviously be at the discretion of the management.
And “But that cash is only available to staff who turn up for work tomorrow” is a blatant attempt to split the intended strike action.
I thought industrial relations had moved on in this 21st century. Obviously with some management and political leaders it hasn’t and they remain firmly embedded in the industrial practices of the last century.