More RMT members join Olympic strikes as Thales members win £680

25 July 2012

RMT clerical workers at Transport for London are set to join cleaners on strike during the Olympics as they seek a bonus for the extra work they will face during the event.

The strikes come as signalling contractor Thales became the latest employer to cede an Olympic bonus – the signalling firm has agreed to make payments of up to £680 after RMT members voted 95% in favour of industrial action.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:

This fantastic victory has been secured by a combination of tough negotiation by RMT reps backed by a workforce willing and ready to take industrial action to win a fair deal.

It is a tribute to both RMT’s members and their representatives and sends out a signal to the working class that if you organise in a strong and militant trade union you can turn the tide on austerity and secure real breakthroughs on pay and conditions.

RMT clerical workers in Oyster Business Support, the Lost Property Office, the London Transport Museum and Travel Information Centres will all strike for 24 hours on Friday 27 July.

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Separately, members working in the Travel Information Contact Centres based at Pier Walk and Albany House, which are termed ‘First Contact Telephony’ for Oyster, Surface, Buses and London Underground, will stage three two-hour strikes between Friday morning and the early hours of Saturday 28 July.

RMT members on South West Trains will start a work to rule and overtime ban on Friday, also over Olympic bonuses.

Cleaners working on three contracts covering the tube and Docklands Light Railway will strike on both Friday and Saturday.

Pic: Kelvin Williams

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