London Underground is offering a £250 bonus to train drivers in an effort to combat absenteeism.
The attendance bonuses will be awarded to drivers who are not absent during a three-month period which starts on 1 June.
Staff attendance at stations was 92 per cent between 2000 and 2001 – the lowest figure ever.
A spokesperson for London Underground said, “There were 366 train cancellations mostly due to absenteeism in the past year and that’s the reason why we’re doing this – to have a more reliable train service.”
An RMT union representative said, “This is clearly a bribe to try to persuade drivers to undermine the strike action. It’s divisive to offer cash incentives to one section of their staff. It also undermines safety as offering train drivers cash incentives to attend may force them to work when unfit for duty.”
The scheme starts on the eve of further tube strikes, which are planned for the 4 and 6 June. Staff are calling for a guarantee that there will not be any redundancies when the PPP tube funding scheme comes into place.