Pay

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Fat Cats? How Much Our Bosses Are Paid

As London Underground and Transport for London prepare to tell us that they can not afford a decent pay rise for workers, what with the economic crisis 'n'all, let's look at how much they pay their top bosses ...

The figures for the most recent completed financial year (2007/08) revealed that ...

  • Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy was paid more than £540,000: a salary of £334,720 plus a bonus of £115,200 and other benefits.
  • Tim O'Toole, Managing Director of London Underground, £283,254 and a bonus of £73,115.

12 Reasons Why We Need A Decent Pay Rise

Management will try to convince us that we should accept a low pay rise because of the economic crisis. In truth, the crisis makes it even more important that we get a decent rise. Here's why ...

1. We did not cause the economic crisis, so we should not have to pay for it. We and other workers create the wealth in society. If bankers gamble some of that wealth away, that is not our fault.

2. Our bills have gone up and are due to go up even more.

Why We Need A Decent Pay Rise: How Our Bills Have Increased

We need a decent pay rise to meet the rising bills that we have to pay. Here are some facts and figures, with sources in [square brackets]:

  • Energy bills in Britain have increased by 16.7% over the past year, compared to the European average of 3.8%. [OECD]
  • The average household fuel bill rose by £381 to £1,293 on average last year. [OECD]
  • Council tax bills are to rise by an average 3.5%. [Local Government Association]
  • Food prices rose by 11% last year. [MSN money]
  • Update: LUL and TfL Pay

    LUL Management seems to have got themselves in a twist over the 2009 pay.

    RMT have demanded a substantial one year pay rise and other benefits, including a ‘floor’ salary of £26,000. Heating and food bills have gone right up over the last year and Underground passenger numbers are higher than ever.

    Victory at Waterloo

    Signallers on the Waterloo and City are celebrating a victory today, LU refused to recognise the unique controller duties they performed and classified them as the lowest grade signal operator.

    After months of unrest LUL have caved in and agreed to regrade the staff at Waterloo to Service Controller Waterloo and City, increase their pay to 40k (The 40k figure is based on the fact the control room staff will not work night duties or Sundays) and back date the pay claim to the 1st April 2008.

    RMT's Pay Claim 2009

    From Circular No. IR 283, November 27 2008

    Dear Colleagues,

    RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2009:

    • LONDON UNDERGROUND LTD
    • EDF ENERGY POWERLINK
    • METRONET (BCV AND SSL)
    • TfL
    • ALSTOM METRO TRAINS

    I write to confirm that a common claim for improvements to rates of pay and conditions of service in 2009 was formally lodged with all of the above employers last week. The basis of the claim is as follows:

    New Year's Eve: London Underground Pay Rates Q&A

    Below is a question-and-answer briefing produced by LUL management to explain pay rates for working on New Year's Eve.

    LUL produced this Q&A a year ago, and the only thing that has changed since then is that there are no longer payments for Operational Duty Managers.

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    These Q& A’s must be used in conjunction with the current Pay Arrangements for New Years Eve Payments.

    RMT's Pay Claim

    RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2009:

    LONDON UNDERGROUND LTD EDF ENERGY POWERLINK METRONET (BCV AND SSL) TfL ALSTOM METRO TRAINS

    I write to confirm that a common claim for improvements to rates of pay and conditions of service in 2009 was formally lodged with all of the above employers last week. The basis of the claim is as follows:

    • A substantial increase in rates of pay for all grades and additional protection for the lowest paid grades in the form of a minimum salary of £26,000
    • Improved travel facilities for non-safeguarded employees

    Government bails out the bosses - what about the workers?

    From the Bakerloo branch newsletter

    Capitalism is in crisis: world markets collapse, banks are part nationalised and the government bails out big business to the tune of billions of pounds. Naturally the talk in the mess room is "what's happening with the pay negotiations?"

    It is entirely rational that workers on the tube want to safeguard our livelihood during this time. Many workers will be mortgaged up to the eyeballs and seeing their homes sink into negative equity on a daily basis.

    But will London's tube workers be treated as favourably as London's bankers?