Bus drivers strike over Games pay
STRIKING bus drivers lay down in a main road during emotionally charged industrial action on Friday.
Unite said support for the 24-hour stoppage among its members at 17 bus companies was "solid", with picket lines mounted outside depots across the capital.
This included 300 strikers outside the Arriva depot in Brighton Road, South Croydon, who were on the scene from 3am on Friday to 3am the following day.
Tensions ran so high at one point that some passionate strikers lay down in the road in protest at colleagues who had decided to ignore the walkout.
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Croydon's union rep Paul Willott, 38, has worked for the bus company for 15 years and said they had decided enough was enough.
He added: "We have had a load of support from the public.
"We want what the tube workers, the trains, the DLR workers; we want what they're getting over the Olympics. We want to be heard."
Joseph Brennan, 52, who has worked for the company for three years, said: "I think it's grossly unfair that other transport workers are given bonuses but we are not, when will be doing most of the work during the summer.
"TfL always bows down to the tube drivers and gives them what they want but they take from us.
"We have had enough and are determined to be taken seriously."