Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Disputes Continue - Even after 'Agreement'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Disputes Continue - Even after 'Agreement'

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Byline: DICK MURRAY

LAST October a series of strikes on the Tube was called off when, with hours to go, union leaders thought they had reached a deal on pay rates for passenger train drivers, writes Dick Murray.

They had been involved for months in a pay row between the drivers of passenger trains - who earn [pound]29,000 - and the drivers of engineering trains - who are on [pound]33,000 - and this dispute continues today.

The union was claiming an increase of [pound]1,600 to close the gap, according to London Underground. This amounted to an extra 5.7 per cent. Taken together with the four per cent increase awarded to all 16,000 LU employees the total rise for passenger train drivers came to 9.7 per cent.

Bob Crow, RMT assistant general secretary, said at the time: "We have always accepted in full the recommendation of independent mediator Frank Burchill on pay and conditions and we are pleased that LU has now seen sense and agreed to do the same. …

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