South West Trains confirmed that it will run a full service during the a href=“http://London.mobi/” target=“_blank”>London 2012 games despite an overtime ban announced today by the RMT union. The RMT has announced an overtime and rest day ban effective between 00.01 hours on Friday 27 July 2012 and 23.59 hours on Sunday 12 August 2012.
A significant pay increase of 4.75% was agreed by the union four months ago, which covered the arrangements for the London 2012 Games. However, the RMT has attempted to renege on this deal and secure a further Olympics bonus. In a ballot which closed last week, RMT members rejected strike action over the issue.
Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of South West Trains, said: “It is disappointing the RMT seems intent on trying to disrupt services at such an important time for our customers and the country. Their attempts to renege on the deal they agreed have gone down badly with the public and RMT members also voted against strike action over this issue. Despite the RMT action announced today, we can confirm we will be running a full service for our passengers during the Games so they can get to and from the London 2012 events.”