Tube union walks away from Olympic talks

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Car Rental News - 22/03/2012


RMT union officials have stepped away from talks regarding work during the 2012 London Olympics.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said in a statement on Wednesday that the negotiations, in which the organisation sought bonuses of £850 per employee during the two-week event this summer, collapsed after London Underground (LU) management attempted to add new demands on staff members to the deal.

However, officials from the LU have said the organisation is still amid negotiations with three other labour unions – the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, Unite and Aslef - noting that the LU would be willing to offer the £850 bonus payment in line with flexible working hours, positive customer satisfaction reports and high attendance figures.

But the RMT said that the LU’s fresh demands would mean that employees would be expected to work at any given place or time “at the drop of a hat” and would also put workers at high safety risks because they would be working critical positions in places and situations in which they may have no experience.

Bob Crow, the RMT general secretary, said that the issue would now be referred to the union’s executive, who will consider the best step to take.

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