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Tube workers reject £500 Olympics bonus

January 30, 2012

“The union, which represents thousands of Tube staff, said the money was not an adequate reward for being on duty during the event.” So, why not take your holiday, guys? I’m sure there are plenty of unemployed people in the UK who would queue up for your jobs.

“The union has pointed to other deals, including one of £1,100 for Docklands Light Railway workers. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) … has already agreed Olympics payments of £500 for Network Rail staff and £600 for London Overground workers.”  Me, me, me. I want some, too!

“It is well-documented that transport will be the biggest logistical challenge throughout the Olympics period.” Well, there’s a chance to hold the country to ransom.

“Tube, DLR and London Overground services will run one hour later than usual to cater for those leaving evening events.” Does anyone doubt they’ll be paid extra for working late?

“London Overground, which manages London’s suburban rail network, has agreed to pay its staff an extra 25% for working during the Olympics and Paralympics.” 25% !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) – the biggest group representing London’s black-cab drivers – has suggested fares rise by about 15% during the Olympics.” Wouldn’t that be illegal? If journeys take much longer than normal  their meters will clock up extra anyway.

“Bob Oddy, chief of LTDA, which represents about a third of the capital’s 25,000 cabbies, said: “Because of the widespread chaos that’s been predicted during the Olympic period with regard to road closures and other disruption, 40% of our members are currently saying that’s when they’re going to take their summer break.” Yeah, right. I’ll believe that if it happens.

Will you be affected by the traffic etc during the London Olympics? Are you expecting a bonus? Tell us about it.

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