£850 bonus offered to LU staff to work during the Olympics

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LU have offered all Tube staff a bonus of £850 for working during the Olympics. Previous offers had been rejected by RMT.

The offer will affect up to 18,000 workers - equating to a cost to LU of around £15m. For the £850 staff will be required to, in the words of Howard Collins, LU's COO: "work longer hours at different times of the day, to be prepared to work extra hours and to be more flexible in how and where they carry our their role for us during these crucial weeks."

The Telegraph picks up on other deals that the RMT has struck over Olympic working:

The RMT has struck several deals with rail companies for extra pay during the London Games this summer, including a bonus of £500 for staff at Virgin Trains and Network Rail, £600 for London Overground workers and an agreement with Docklands Light Railway which union officials said could be worth up to £2,500.

Many Londoners' job and day-to-day routines will be disrupted by the Olympics coming to the capital. Offices across London are putting in place flexible working hours, staff cover, and other measures to deal with the disruption with no extra financial renumeration for employees. LU staff will obviously be on the front line at a tremendously busy time for the transport network and their hard work should be rewarded and acknowledged. However, union bosses must not use these facts to hold LU to ransom.

It's time for the RMT to accept this offer and work with staff and management for a successful delivery of the London Olympics.

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