RMT members working directly for Transport for London are today on strike over Olympic bonuses

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RMT members working in information centres and call centres for Transport for London are today on strike over Olympic bonuses.

The strike, which is also over an attempt to impose changes to working conditions and a unilateral ban on annual leave, runs until 9.30pm, with picket line in place at the Victoria Travel Information Centre at 6.45am and Windsor House, Victoria Street at 8.30am.

The union has successfully campaigned for many transport workers in the capital to receive a bonus of at least £500, but members working directly for TfL have missed out, despite the firm’s top seven staff receiving bonuses of £80,000 each.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “The rank hypocrisy of TfL managers, who stand to hit the bonus jackpot during the Olympics while offering their own directly employed staff nothing, stinks and the refusal to even go to ACAS is an act of sheer contempt.

“These TfL staff will be as busy as anybody else and the attempt to bullying them into bans on annual leave and unilateral changes to working conditions for nothing in return is a disgrace.

“RMT remains available for talks and with Boris Johnson directly intervening in the bus dispute there is no excuse for him, as chair of TFL, not to get involved in settling this issue.”

In addition to having no Olympics reward, the RMT members are facing imposed Olympic rosters, short term changes to shifts and a block on annual leave.

They are not allowed to volunteer for the travel ambassador position and are therefore even unable to earn the paltry £20 a shift on offer to volunteer travel ambassadors.

And to add to the insult TfL senior managers have diverted the whole of their Olympic delivery funding to privately run call centres in Scotland (Journey Call) and Northampton (Novacroft).This runs into hundreds of thousands of pounds which could have been used towards a fair remuneration package for the staff in dispute.

RMT requests for TfL to resolve the dispute at ACAS have been refused by the company.

Unite is also campaigning for bus drivers to receive a bonus for working during the Games to reflect the increase in workload. You can watch a UnionNews film here.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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