8 Feb 2012

Olympic bonuses - at Virgin Rail

Unite is campaigning for a £500 Olympic bonus for London bus drivers. We saw more evidence today of what can be won if a union exerts enough pressure – when Virgin Rail staff with the RMT secured a £500 Olympics and Paralympics payment. It is part of a package which will also see wages and allowances rise by 4.6% or £950 (whichever is the greater) from April this year. The latest agreement comes on top of other Olympics bonus deals won by the RMT:  
  • Network Rail: £500 flat rate
  • London Overground: minimum of £600 guaranteed – with more for the majority of staff.
  • Docklands Light Railway: £900 flat rate plus guaranteed overtime at enhanced rates making the deal worth around £2,500
  • Negotiations with London Underground are continuing.

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