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UK transport unions to be 'bribed' to prevent strikes during Olympic Games

May 6, 2011 - London

British ministers have secret plans to buy off militant transport unions to prevent them from 'picking up any fight' ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The government yesterday stepped up its rhetoric against the hardline Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union after it ordered six walkouts that are set to cripple the capital's Tube network in coming weeks, the Daily Mail reports.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has called for the introduction of new laws to make it harder for RMT chief Bob Crow to call strikes.

A senior Whitehall source, however, said ministers had already held informal talks about offering RMT members a 'decent' pay rise next year in return for an agreement not to carry out any attack during the Olympics.

He also said new strike laws could be 'counterproductive' and cause a series of industrial actions.

The move is likely to agitate Johnson, who had branded Prime Minister David Cameron as 'lily-livered for failing to curb unions power', this week.


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