South West Trains welcomed confirmation that RMT members had voted against taking a strike during the London 2012 Games. This news follows a ballot carried out by the RMT over a pay deal for the Olympics which closed 19 July. A significant pay increase of 4.75% was agreed by the union four months ago, which covered the arrangements for the London 2012 Games. The RMT had attempted to renege on this deal and secure a further Olympics bonus.
Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of South West Trains, said: “Commuters and Olympic spectators will be rightly pleased to hear that their services during the Games will not be affected by an RMT strike.
“We’re pleased that most of our employees have voted against taking a strike during the Games. This means we can deliver our full Olympic train service and ensure our passengers can enjoy the excitement of London 2012, a once in a lifetime experience, without the threat of a strike.
“As we have said all along, the RMT agreed to a generous pay deal some months ago, which covered the period of the London 2012 Games. It’s very disappointing that the RMT has been trying to go back on this deal and cause disruption at such an important time for our customers and our country.”
In the ballot, RMT members voted in favour of taking action short of a strike.
Mr Shoveller added: “We are still waiting to hear confirmation from the RMT whether any action will be taken, but regardless of this, we are looking forward to running a full service for our passengers during the Games.”