London Overground rail workers get 25% Olympics pay rise
09:58 02 December 2011
Hundreds of workers on London Overground rail services are to get a 25 per cent pay rise for working during the Olympics.
The Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has called it a “groundbreaking” deal for its members.
The agreement will see additional pay for station, conductor, train care, fleet maintenance and revenue staff with “an enhancement rate” of 25 per cent paid for shifts during the Olympics and Paralympics.
Staff will see a minimum gross payment of £650 which could rise with additional shifts and overtime.
The union says the deal is in “exchange for some flexibility of work patterns” during the Olympics.
General secretary Bob Crow said: “This deal recognises the value placed on transport workers in delivering an effective Olympics and is a good deal for RMT members, the travelling public and Olympic visitors alike.
“It’s a common sense approach in planning ahead for the Games. It means that our members will get a minimum additional payment of £650 with the scope for more.
“This agreement quite rightly recognises and rewards the additional efforts and flexibility required of RMT members during the Olympics to benefit passengers on London Overground routes serving the key hub at Stratford.
“The agreement shows the importance of the workforce having a skilled and experienced trade union on their side in negotiating the best deal possible to the mutual benefit of everyone involved.”
The deal is one the best so far for employees working during the Games and beats the £500 bonuses for Network Rail staff.