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TRANSPORT UNION RMT announced today that it has secured a major pay victory for members working on the Emirates Air Line Cable Car, which crosses the River Thames in London.

The new pay deal means that staff will see their wages rise by between 14.35% and 22.35%.

RMT says that the pay breakthrough proves that, when workers are organised into a militant, industrial trade union, they can secure significant pay victories. Operator Grade 1 workers – who were on the lowest pay scale – will receive a 22.35% increase in pay. Operator Grade 2 workers will see an increase of 15.80% and technicians a rise of 14.35%.

The different pay percentage rates reflect the current labour market equivalents. Any ongoing pay claims will be standardised across all grades.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “This is a massive pay victory for our members employed by DCC Ltd on the Emirates Air Line Cable Car.

“RMT has achieved a significant breakthrough here and a real win for our members who are working in a city with exceptionally high living costs.

“I congratulate our members and their negotiating team who secured such a magnificent result and have shown what trade union membership and being organised in the workplace can achieve.”

The RMT Parliamentary Group meets today and will be remembering the union’s former General Secretary Bob Crow, who died five years ago on this day – 11 March – in 2014.

The Labour movement was devastated to hear that this formidable class fighter had suddenly passed away. It had been Bob’s initiative, with John McDonnell MP, to set up a new RMT Parliamentary Group in 2002, and its formation and campaigning work led the way in transforming the work of trade unions in Parliament.

Bob always played an active role with the Group, taking every opportunity to bring the concerns of RMT members to the attention of Parliamentarians. John McDonnell tabled Early Day Motion 1164 as a tribute, which was supported by 66 MPs.

It read: “That this House records with sadness the tragic loss of Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary; sends its deepest condolences to his family, friends and the members of his union; and recognises him as one of the most outstanding trade union leaders of his generation, who was very much loved by his RMT members and also respected across the transport industry for his tireless work for a better and safer transport system.”

RAIL UNION RMT announced on Friday (February 22nd) that it has secured a major pay victory for members working on the DHL Virgin West Coast Mainline contract that will see the entire workforce lifted on to a living wage.

The new pay deal means that some staff will see their wages rise by over 21% and that a new base-line level ensures that the DHL workers will be guaranteed a minimum rate of £10.55 for the London Boroughs and £9.20 outside of London.

RMT says that the pay breakthrough proves that outsourced workers, when organised into a militant, industrial trade union, can win major victories. The union believes that the 21% increase in pay for the potwasher grade is the biggest single rise in earnings secured by any trade union for any group of workers anywhere in the country in the current climate. Other groups of workers on the team will see their pay rise by nearly 19% as they are lifted onto the new minimum rates agreed with the union.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“This is a massive pay victory for our members employed by DHL on the Virgin West Coast Trains contract engaged in catering stores and supplies logistics for Virgin Trains.

“RMT has achieved a significant breakthrough here. Our members showed a steadfast resolve in trying to achieve a better deal voting overwhelmingly for strike action in an attempt to get a better pay offer.

“RMT is pleased it didn't come to that but, with a solid ballot result behind us for action, RMT organisation, determination and serious negotiation has delivered results for this important group of workers.

“It's a huge win for our members – some of the lowest paid in London now move up to the real living wage from April – outside London we move beyond the real living wage. RMT had also been involved in an important grade restructuring that simplifies negotiations on pay going forward and recognises additional responsibilities and roles.

“RMT Euston Branch Secretary Kathy Mazur and RMT lead Staff rep Mustapha Kassim – working with Regional Organiser Craig Johnson – played a key role in securing the deal that the union believes is ground-breaking and sets a new standard for rates of pay for staff whose roles have been contracted out.

“The solid strike mandate we had behind us was the foundation of our campaign for better wages for these low-paid staff and gave us the leverage to secure huge improvements through serious negotiations with the company. This stunning deal sets a benchmark now for the whole outsourcing industry.”

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