Pay Deal Could See Tube Drivers' Pay Top £50k

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 79 months ago
Pay Deal Could See Tube Drivers' Pay Top £50k

The RMT is taking a new pay deal for the next four years back to their members, which has the potential to see a tube driver's salary breach £50,000.

Although 75% of us haven't had a pay rise this year, according to the CIPD, despite inflation pushing up the cost of living, the new pay deal means tube workers will get a 5% rise in the first year then RPI + 0.5% for the next three. For anyone not on top of exciting economic news, RPI (Retail Prices Index) currently stands at 5.2%.

Bob Crow says the deal shows that "trade unionism is the best defence from attacks on jobs and living standards", and on this evidence we're inclined to agree. Though we'll wait to see whether the other public sector unions get their way over pensions before calling it entirely a victory for the principle of trade unions, or 'having your employers over a barrel when it comes to the Olympics'. (This settlement doesn't include payments for during the Games.)

One blessing, as we dig deeper into our strapped pockets for next year's fare rises, is that at least there won't be any strikes over pay for the next four years. Strikes over safety or supporting colleagues are not included.

Photo by Konstantin Binder from the Londonist Flickr pool

Last Updated 03 October 2011

Dan

I'd rather a tube driver has decent pay than a ski lift across the Thames.

Me0u1195

i am an hold Master degree in Engineering with 7 years experience and I earn about 28K year.  

James

"i am an hold Master degree in Engineering with 7 years experience and I earn about 28K year."

Perhaps you should have studied English as well, and perhaps you would be earning more than 28k.

Gabtish

Absolute disgrace! They now earn on average £12K more a year than I do as a teacher at the top of my scale. Why did I bother with studying and exams (at my own expense as a mature student) when all I need to know was green means go and red means stop! 

Dave H

"Strikes over safety or supporting colleagues are not included."

Oh that's OK then, because those strikes are never completely spurious, are they?

BBC Radio 2

We had a 'lively' debate about this issue on the Jeremy Vine show yesterday, with George Galloway, Bob Crow and Daily Mail blogger Alex Singleton. Alex claimed that tubes should be driverless, which didn't exactly go down very well with George.

You can listen here on Audioboo
http://audioboo.fm/boos/492896...