Having secured bonuses for Tube drivers, union switches campaign to overground trains
The RMT is preparing to ballot for strike action at First Great Western and Greater Anglia over Olympic bonuses.
The union, which has already secured payments of at least £500 for other transport members, is now demanding bonuses for members working on these two train lines running into London because of the expected increase of passengers during the Games.
General secretary Bob Crow said: “RMT members rightly expect that their extra commitment and work over the Olympic Games period will be rewarded in line with other Olympics payments that have been negotiated elsewhere in the industry. The stance of First Great Western on this matter shows nothing but contempt and disrespect of our members taking them for granted in the full knowledge that the company will profit from the Games while the staff are kicked in the teeth.
“First Great Western and Greater Anglia have deliberately dragged their feet over this crucial issue knowing that the clock is ticking down and they have now confronted us at the eleventh hour with an offer which they knew full well would be totally unacceptable.
“As a consequence we now have no option but to move to an urgent ballot for both strike action and action short of a strike to reinforce our case for a fair and unified settlement.
“There can be no excuse for the cavalier attitude of the company to these negotiations on an essential section of the Olympics transport network and we would hope that they would now come to their senses and enter into meaningful talks at this late stage.”
* In a separate dispute over jobs and conditions of service, service control staff in West London are today meeting with ACAS in a bid to prevent a strike.
Bob Crow said: “This group of workers are absolutely key to delivering the service on the Piccadilly line and sub-surface railways and the way that they have been treated by the management at a time when the system is under intense pressure is nothing short of shocking.
“These are the same key staff who keep services running when demand is at a peak and they are the same staff who manage the problems when the lines are hit by breakdowns and failures. They deserve respect for the job that they do and not the imposition of inferior working conditions and the threat to jobs.
“We have a meeting arranged with ACAS on Friday and RMT is looking to make progress on these crucial issues in those negotiations.”
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