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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
A “derisory” pay offer of £100 for working during the Olympics has been rejected by union leaders for thousands of Tube workers.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said it would “step up pressure” on London Underground for a deal which “properly rewards” the additional workload and pressure on staff throughout the Games this summer.
The union has already agreed Olympics payments of £500 for Network Rail staff and £600 at London Overground.
It said LU has offered a flat rate of £100 linked to “targets” and additional shift allowances for some staff which it said fell “well short” of its demands for a flat-rate payment to all workers across all grades applicable throughout the whole Olympics and Paralympics period.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “RMT is rejecting this interim Olympics and Paralympics pay offer from LU and we will be meeting with the company again next week to press our case for a flat-rate, across-the-board payment which recognises the contribution of all staff throughout the high-pressure Olympics period.
“Other employers, notably London Overground and Network Rail, have come up with serious offers and agreements and we expect London Underground to do the same.
“It is well-documented that transport will be the biggest logistical challenge throughout the Olympics period, with massive pressure on staff and services from moving millions of extra passenger journeys around Greater London and the South East.”
London Underground director George McInulty said: “This summer LU staff will be asked to work flexibly, and we are determined to properly acknowledge the contribution they will be making to a fantastic Olympics and Paralympic Games while keeping London moving.
“We have put forward our proposals about how our staff could be rewarded based, as usual, on feedback from our customers and we look forward to further constructive discussion on the issue.”