RMT Declares Formal Dispute Over Olympic Pay

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By BethPH Last edited 72 months ago
RMT Declares Formal Dispute Over Olympic Pay

Boris Johnson's dream of a strike-free Olympics is looking increasingly perilous as the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) announced a formal dispute over bonus payments for staff during the Games.

Holiday is also a bone of contention — the union say they are 'appalled' at attempts by TfL to restrict planned leave during the Olympics — and inevitably are planning to ballot for strike action.

The news that DLR staff are set to get £100 per week during the Olympic period while Network Rail staff and London Overground workers promised £500 and £600 respectively won't have done anything to ensure that the RMT agreed an offer of a flat-rate £500 from London Underground. RMT general secretary Bob Crow said:

“RMT reiterates our stance that all grades of transport employees are entitled to a decent financial reward for their efforts transporting huge numbers of passengers during the Olympics and are entitled to take leave during the summer. Working conditions and important agreements should not and need not be attacked in order to facilitate Olympic running.”

Boris Johnson's notorious refusal to deal with the RMT is one of Ken Livingstone's favourite sticks to beat the mayor with and the threat of tube strikes during the Olympics (because let's face it, Bob Crow would never miss an opportunity like that) on top of the disruption already scheduled isn't going to do Boris any favours come election time, despite the oft-repeated promise of driverless tube trains in his war on strikes.

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Last Updated 28 February 2012

Gizmo

I must have missed something.  Can someone explain to me why TfL employees think they are worth more money when the Olympics are on compared to any other fortnight of the year?  Yeah, it'll be busy.  I expect the staff of hotels, sandwich shops and McDonalds will be busy too.  Some of us are busy all year round because due to economy-related cutbacks, there aren't as many people as there should be to do the job.

But what would happen if I turned round and said "No, I'm not working that month because it'll be really busy, unless of course I get £500 extra"?  My card would be marked and you can bet that the next time there's a round of cuts my name would be on the list.  

Incidentally, Bob Crow is paid approximately £150k per year.

The-Inconvenience

Can I get paid for "the inconvenience caused to my journeys" during the Olympics?

RobertJoseph1

Bob Crow, if you're reading this.  I'm from a town full of cunts and you're making me homesick.

Agincourtwave

Best insult I've heard in a long time goes to RobertJoseph1.