27 Jun 2012

£500 Olympic bonus – for some Boris bike staff

Boris Bike staff have won a £500 Olympic bonus for extra work during the Games - putting added pressure on the capital's bus operators to pay their 20,000 staff the same amount.
Terry Pye, national officer for Community the union said all 220 workers at Serco's London cycle hire scheme would receive the money to cover extra work during the Games and Paralympics. There will also be enhanced overtime payments of time and a half for Saturdays and double time on Sundays.

Most staff still in dispute
The RMT last month threated a strike ballot among its bike staff members and today claimed there was no agreement among the majority of those members. The union said it remained in dispute with the compan
y. A Serco spokesman said the RMT was not a recognised union at the hire scheme having formally withdrawn its recognition application last month.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said "There is no Olympics payment agreement for the vast majority of the Serco bikes staff who are members of the RMT and we remain in dispute with the company. RMT is by far the biggest union on the Boris bikes and regardless of what others might be saying the issue of recognition is being dealt with by the TUC disputes procedure." 

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