By Marcus Leach
Tube union RMT has rejected the latest Olympics pay offer from London Underground (LU) and has agreed to step up the pressure for a fair deal for all staff across the grades that properly rewards the additional work load and pressure that members will need to carry throughout the extended Olympics and Paralympics period.
The latest slightly improved offer from London Underground is made up of £100 depending on meeting ‘Customer Satisfaction Survey’ targets and £20 per shift worked during the 4 weeks of the Games only
RMT has rejected the offer because it does not address most of the union’s reasons for rejecting the earlier offer, and remains unacceptable on a number of key grounds:
∙ The money offered is not an adequate reward for our members.
∙ The £100 will not be paid unless unspecified and arbitrary targets are met.
∙ The £20 per shift amounts to only around £400, with those who have leave or sickness (except caused by assault) receiving less or nothing.∙ There is no reward for the increased workload taken on by staff.
∙ Unlike offers from other companies, this offer does not reward staff for work during the run-up to the Games or the period between the Olympics and the Paralympics.
“RMT is rejecting this latest Olympics and Paralympics pay offer from LUL and we will be meeting with the company again to press our case for a flat rate, across the board payment which recognises the contribution of all staff throughout the high pressure extended Olympics and Paralympics period and which is free from a whole barrage of strings and caveats," RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said.
“Other employers, notably London Overground, Network Rail and most recently DLR, 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.
“All we are calling for is a fair deal for all the staff involved in delivering the colossal transport challenge that we will be facing this summer and the negotiations to achieve that are on-going.”
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