London bus strike: 24-hour walkout of controllers cancelled after last ditch talks with TfL

A planned 24-hour strike of bus controllers across the capital has been cancelled after last ditch talks with Transport for London.

Over 400 members of Unite union were set to walk out on Friday as part of a long-running dispute over “fair” pay.

The controllers, employed by Transport for London, were in last ditch talks with the company on Wednesday to avert the strike.

A TfL spokeswoman confirmed to the Standard that the strike had been called off after a deal was reached during the talks.

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 walkout was not expected to cause disruption to the capital’s bus network. 

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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 one per cent increase in pay across the board for the next financial year.

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