Members working on the London bike hire system are to strike for 48 hours from Friday to Sunday


RMT members working on the London ‘Boris Bikes’ system are to strike for 48 hours on Friday, Saturday and part of Sunday in a dispute over bonus payments for their extra workload during the Olympic Games, which open on Friday.

Members will also be striking on Friday at Oyster card, Lost Property and travel information offices, as well as the London Transport Museum.

The union has also called an overtime ban on South West Trains from Friday to Sunday morning.

The RMT is not recognised by the operators of the cycle hire scheme.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “Although we have secured good deals on Olympics recognition and reward for the vast majority of our members we still have a small number of employers holding out and refusing to offer either a fair deal or any kind of deal at all.

“We cannot accept that blatant unfairness and the time has come for these employers to seize the opportunity, get round the table and sign off agreements that recognise the additional work and pressures that these staff will be carrying.”

Last month, the Community union secured a £500 bonus for its members working on the bike hire scheme, which is operated by Serco.

The RMT has said it did not accept the terms of the award and remains in dispute with Secro over negotiating rights and union recognition at the hire system.

Unions across the rail, bus and underground system in the capital have secured bonus payments worth between £500 and £900 in recent weeks for what is expected to be a massive spike in passenger numbers during the period of the games, from Friday until mid-September.

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