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$54,900,489 bribe to unions?

Well, I must say if this be true I am a bit disappointed in our Boris.

He’s the American born mayor of London and about as Brit as they come I suppose. Would have to check with Lyndon on that to be certain tho.
I know he’s a conservative and he’s beaten Red Ken for the office. Red Ken Livingston being the avowed former commie mayor.

Seems only recently Boris banged on about controlling unions etc. 
This article makes it appear as if Boris Johnson is responsible for all of this. And that he’s caved in.  I can’t believe that. Or maybe I’m just tired and not reading correctly.  Or I simply don’t want to believe it.
Here.
You decide.  Interesting stuff.

It’s a Boris bonus: London mayor offers hand outs to transport workers totalling £35m to stop them striking during Olympics

London Underground drivers will get around £1,000 for working throughout the Olympics

London Underground station staff will get a bonus of around £850

At Network Rail, around 800 maintenance and control staff have negotiated a pay rise of £3.50 an hour for the whole of the summer

By BECKY BARROW

Bonuses worth up to £35million are being handed out to transport workers in a desperate bid by London Mayor Boris Johnson to stop strikes during the Olympics.  ( $54,900,489 )

That is despite the fact that Mr Johnson has repeatedly called for reform of employment laws to make strikes harder to call.

Workers who have scooped bonuses simply for turning up to work include:

London Underground drivers, who enjoy an average salary of £45,000, will get around £1,000 for working throughout the Olympics. London Underground station staff will get a bonus of around £850.

At Network Rail, around 800 maintenance and control staff have negotiated a pay rise of £3.50 an hour for the whole of the summer.

In total, they will scoop around £500 despite the fact that no maintenance work will actually take place throughout the Olympics, except emergency troubleshooting.

Around 550 workers at the Docklands Light Railway, which connects the City to East London, will get an average of £1,132 from the Olympics and Paralympics.

They will get a weekly bonus of £100, and will also be guaranteed a minimum of five hours of overtime a week, for which they will be paid 25 per cent above their standard overtime rate.

Bus drivers will get a £577 Olympic bonus, even if their route is nowhere near a Games venue. They will get a payment of £27.50 each time they complete a duty over the 29 days of the Olympics and the Paralympics.

Around 220 permanent workers who are employed by the service giant Serco, which operates the Barclays Cycle Hire company, better known as ‘Boris bikes’, will get £500.
They will also get overtime worth up to double their normal hourly rate if they work over the weekends.

Launched two years ago, there are around 8,900 bikes and 612 docking stations in London which can be used by anybody to do short journeys around the capital.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/27/2012 at 10:11 AM   
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