14 May 2012

£850 Olympic bonus... for tube engineers

Engineering workers on London Underground have voted to accept a payment of £850 each for working during the Olympic Games. The Unite union, which represents hundreds of engineering, electrical, power control and management workers, said the offer was accepted by 4-1 in a ballot.

Bus workers ballot
The union is also balloting more than 20,000 London bus workers for industrial action after  no extra Olympic payment was offered to them. Unite has called for a £500 payment to recognise the "massive increase" in workload during the Games, saying that 800,000 extra passengers are expected to travel on buses.

Unite regional secretary Peter Kavanagh said: "They are the only transport workers in London who will not receive an award for their major contribution to keeping London moving during the Olympics... London's bus operators' failure to even talk to Unite about an Olympic award, and Mayor Boris Johnson's refusal to intervene, means there is a very real prospect of a capital-wide bus strike."
Press Association

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