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12.06.12

Olympics bonuses for railway staff agreed

The RMT union has announced two more bonus payments for staff working during the Olympics.

Cleaners working on the Virgin/Alstom West Coast Cleaning Contract for VOITH industrial services will now receive a bonus of £400 over the Olympic and Paralympic period.

Staff working at Heathrow Express will receive a £700 deal, as well as the opportunity to earn additional payments on a voluntary basis, with no threat to annual leave or enforced extension of hours.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “This is a groundbreaking agreement as it applies to contracted-out cleaning staff who are often excluded from the best deals and it proves conclusively that when you have a fighting union on your side all grades of staff end up on the winning side.

“RMT has prioritized the fight for a fair deal for cleaning, catering and other support staff who are working for contractors and this agreement is further proof that our organizing and campaigning strategy is delivering the goods for those groups of staff.

“RMT is rolling out that model for other contracted workers across the transport sector who have so often been kicked from pillar to post when it comes to pay and conditions.”

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