Union barons have successfully secured bonuses of a maximum of £1,000 for the London Overground staff scheduled to work during the 2012 Olympic Games. The deal exceeds the £500 bonus secured for the staff of Network Rail. The latest agreement puts considerable pressure on both the Mayor of London and London Underground (LU) officials to secure similar bonuses for the thousands of staff working on the Tube.
Under the current deal, approximately 1,000 staff working for Transport for London (TfL) operated London Overground will benefit from a 25 per cent rise in pay during the three weeks of the Olympic Games, in addition to a 12.5 per cent increase in the week before and the week after the Games finish. In return for their bonuses, staff will be expected to work longer hours and will suffer from a change to their current working hours. A spokesperson for the London Overground has described the deal as good for employees, passengers and visitors to the Olympic Games.
Staff working on the Tube remain in negotiations over their Olympic bonus pay deals, with unions using the bonuses for the London Overground staff as a pace setter. Tube train drivers have successfully secured a deal, in which they will receive a maximum of £1,200 in bonuses for working extra hours during the Games.
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