Rail staff set for £650 Games boost
Hundreds of rail employees will receive £650 for working during the Olympics under a "ground-breaking" deal that has been announced by a union.
The Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said its members at London Overground will receive the extra payment in return for flexibility of work patterns during next summer's event.
The agreement will see additional pay for station, conductor, train care, fleet maintenance and revenue staff with an enhancement rate of 25% paid (normal time plus one quarter) for shifts worked during the Olympic and Paralympic games, said the union.
Over the period covered by the agreement, staff will see a minimum gross payment of £650, which could rise with additional shifts and overtime, according to the RMT.
General secretary Bob Crow said: "This deal recognises the value placed on transport workers in delivering an effective Olympics and is a good deal for RMT members, the travelling public and Olympic visitors alike.
"It's a common sense approach in planning ahead for the Games. It means that our members will get a minimum additional payment of £650 with the scope for more.
"This agreement quite rightly recognises and rewards the additional efforts and flexibility required of RMT members during the Olympics to benefit passengers on London Overground routes serving the key hub at Stratford.
"The agreement shows the importance of the workforce having a skilled and experienced trade union on their side in negotiating the best deal possible to the mutual benefit of everyone involved."
The deal is one the best so far for employees working during the Games and beats the £500 bonuses for Network Rail staff.