Workers on the cable car service across the Thames have won pay rises of between 14.35% and 22.35% - by getting unionised.
In this relatively new workforce, a few staff had joined RMT. But the campaign stepped up a gear in October last year with the election of a new RMT rep. The union negotiated a recognition agreement and started talking to the company about pay. As time went on and the benefits of unionisation became clearer, more joined, and so the pressure on management increased.
The result is a hike in wages of 22.35% for Operator 1s, 15.8% for Operator 2s and 14.35% for Technicians. Importantly, the highest percentage rise has gone to the lowest-paid grade and the lowest percentage rise to the highest-paid. Thus, ineuqalities beteen different grades are reduced while at the same time, everyone gets an uplift. This is an example for all of us to follow.
The rise won't all find its way into the workers' pay packets, as 7% is a consolidation of bonuses paid (or not paid!) under the previous pay system. But nonetheless, it is a big rise, and consolidated pay is much better than unreliable bonuses anyway!