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London Tube workers reject 500 pounds Olympics 'bonus'

London , Tue, 31 Jan 2012 ANI

London, Jan.31 (ANI): A workers union representing London Tube workers has rejected a 500 pound Olympics bonus, saying the money was not an adequate reward for employees being on duty during the event, which will see a huge rise in passengers across the British capital for weeks.


The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said staff was offered extra money per shift that could add 400 pounds to their pay. Another 100 pounds would be paid depending on whether they meet "customer satisfaction" target.


It came after a record "bonus" deal for Docklands Light Railway workers of 2,500 pounds and 1,000 pounds extra for London Overground staff.


The Sun quoted RMT general secretary Bob Crow, as saying: "RMT is rejecting this latest Olympics and Paralympics pay offer from LU 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."


"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," he added.


Crow said: "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 ongoing." (ANI)


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