£2,500 Olympics bonus for DLR staff
Thursday 26 January 2012
A "truly groundbreaking" pay deal was announced today which union
leaders said would earn transport staff up to £2,500 for working over
the Olympic games.
Docklands Light Railway has agreed a 25% increase in the standard overtime rate for around 550 employees over almost nine weeks during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, guaranteeing a minimum of five hours overtime per week and a bonus payment of £100 per week.
Serco Docklands, which operates the driver-less rail system, said an employee who has responsibility for passenger and train safety aboard their vehicle, working a minimum five hours overtime per week for the Games period, will earn £1,132 above their usual contracted pay.
The Rail Maritime and Transport union said the figure will be double that, saying the deal "raised the bar" for Olympic payments in the industry.
The deal is the most lucrative struck so far, following agreements of Olympic payments of £500 for Network Rail staff and £600 for London Overground.
The RMT has rejected an offer of a £100 bonus for Tube workers as "derisory".
The DLR will serve four of the principal Olympic and Paralympic venues - the Olympic Park, ExCeL London, the Royal Artillery Barracks and the equestrian events at Greenwich.
It is expected to transport 57% more passengers and will run additional trains, an extended service and staff 25 instead of four stations.
David Stretch, managing director of Serco Docklands, said: "I'm pleased we have been able to discuss and agree a fair deal with the RMT. It means we can finalise working arrangements for all our employees who will help deliver our enhanced services this summer and welcome an extra 2.28 million passengers on to the DLR network".
The agreement affects around 550 employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement of the RMT.
Serco said the package would ensure that all employees agreed to help meet 45,000 additional hours required to run the enhanced service, recognising that they will also have to work in different locations, longer hours, on amended rosters and with restricted annual leave, regardless of whether they work overtime or not.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "This is a truly groundbreaking deal raising the bar in the industry and putting £2,500 in our members' pockets as a reward for the extra workload and pressure they will carry throughout the Olympic and Paralympics period.
"The deal also reflects the hard work of our negotiating team and shows yet again that the organising strategy of RMT delivers the best pay and conditions time and time again."
- 1 Forget 'The Dress': Here are five of the biggest news stories you might have missed
- 2 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 Saudi Muslim cleric claims the Earth is 'stationary' and the sun rotates around it
British are sexually uptight, dirty and drink too much – according to Spanish book
PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
White and gold or blue and black – what colour is the dress? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
Saudi Muslim cleric claims the Earth is 'stationary' and the sun rotates around it
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
iJobs Money & Business
£40000 - £50000 per annum + pro rata: SThree: SThree Group have been well esta...
£30000 - £37000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Established in 1999, a highly r...
£250-£300 Day Rate: Jemma Gent: Are you a qualified accountant with strong exp...
£230 - £260 Day Rate: Jemma Gent: Do you want to stamp your footprint in histo...