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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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London Tube workers reject £500 Olympics 'bonus'

Wednesday - Feb 01, 2012, 11:11am (GMT+5.5)
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London - A workers union representing London Tube workers has rejected a 500 pound Olympics bonus, saying the money was not an adequate reward for employees being on  duty during the event, which will see a huge rise in passengers across the British capital for weeks.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said staff was offered extra money per shift that could add 400 pounds to their pay. Another 100 pounds would be paid depending on whether they  meet "customer satisfaction" target.

It came after a record "bonus" deal for Docklands Light Railway workers of 2,500 pounds and 1,000 pounds extra for London Overground staff.

The Sun quoted RMT general secretary Bob Crow, as saying: "RMT is rejecting this latest Olympics and Paralympics pay offer from LU and we will be meeting with the company again to  press our case for a flat-rate, across-the-board payment which recognises the contribution of all staff throughout the high-pressure extended Olympics and Paralympics period and which is  free from a whole barrage of strings and caveats.”

"Other employers, notably London Overground, Network Rail and most recently DLR, have come up with serious offers and agreements and we expect London Underground to do the  same,” he added.

Crow said: "All we are calling for is a fair deal for all the staff involved in delivering the colossal transport challenge that we will be facing this summer and the negotiations to achieve that  are ongoing."





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