Union has secured bonus worth £700 for workers at First Great Western. strike ballots continue at two other operators


The RMT has alled off a strike ballot over Olympics payments on key train operator First Great Western after securing bonus payments for staff worth up to £700.

The agreement, reached after what officials describe as ‘extensive negotiation’ with the company, means a flat rate payment for the Olympic period in addition to enhanced payments for additional services during the games.

Unions such as the RMT have estimated there will be an additional 800,000 people using London’s public transport system during the six-week period between late July and September.

Bonus payments for transport workers – which range from £500 to £900 – have so far been limited to workers within London itself.

However, RMT negotiators have been seeking to secure additional bonuses for rail workers on train services coming into the capital.

The union says talks with Greater Anglia and South West Trains have so far failed to produce what negotiators regard as an acceptable offer.

Officials say they remain committed to securing a negotiated settlement. However, the union is also balloting for industrial action among staff at both companies.

The results of those ballots are due on Thursday next week (19 July).

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “The First Great Western deal is a massive breakthrough that fully appreciates the additional pressure on every member of the staff team.

“It is a tribute to the determination of our members and the negotiating skills of our reps.

“Greater Anglia and South West Trains need to look closely at the details of this agreement, and others on the train operating companies, and recognise that an inclusive rather than a divisive approach works for everyone.

“They will be making huge additional profits from the games and it is only right that the staff carrying the extra pressure share in that.”

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