Staff at SW Trains voted not to strike during the Olympics but may still refuse to work overtime/rest days, writes Mike Pearse. The company welcomed the news and said managers have been trained to take the place of workers who took part in any action.
The vote not to strike was by a majority of four votes. The row centres on an RMT union demand for a bonus for working during the Olympics. They say with an extra 80,000 passengers a day they should be compensated for the extra work. They say other companies are paying up to £750.
But managers say it was included in a deal of over four per cent this year and have insisted they will not pay. With managers trained, it is expected the vast majority of passengers willnot be affected.
Workers at South West Trains have confirmed they will take industrial action during the Olympics, as revealed last week on ITV Meridian.
Members of the RMT union on South West Trains have voted to take industrial action short of a strike in a row over an Olympic bonus.