After the recent deal between Unite and engineers on the tube, London Underground has now reached an agreement with 10,000 employees represented by the RMT over an Olympics pay deal, averting the threat of an industrial dispute during the Games. Britain's largest rail union said tube staff will receive up to £850 for working during the Games, with drivers receiving up to £1,000.
The RMT's general secretary, Bob Crow, said: "After months of hard work by our negotiators we have been able to come to an agreement that both protects the contractual rights and existing agreements of our members and rewards them in recognition of what we all know will be the biggest transport challenge ever faced by this city." Crow added that the union remained concerned over staffing levels for the Games. The RMT is also calling for a full-scale mock evacuation to test tube safety procedures.
The deal for maintenance, stations and control room staff includes an attendance allowance of £20 per shift, which could equate to a payment of £400, plus a £100 customer service bonus and a payment of £350 for flexible working during the games.
21,000 bus workers in the Unite union are being balloted for strike action over bonuses for their "massive increase in workload" during the Games between 27 July and 12 August. Unite has said strikes could take place during the games but so far neither the bus operators nor TfL are willing to fund extra payments.