Some London subway train drivers get paid more than pilots. A newspaper said the highest-paid drivers on the London Underground got $130,000 last year. This included overtime, bonuses and pension payments. The basic salary is $70,000 a year. This is double the average wage of a nurse. London's police officers get a starting salary of $28,000. London Underground train drivers also get over eight weeks holiday a year.
Many people think the salaries are unfair. A group said: "These salaries are totally [wrong]...the role of a subway train driver is getting easier." Many train drivers no longer have to drive trains. On automated trains, drivers only have to open and close the doors. The drivers are going on strike for more pay. A spokesman said the pay was for "professionalism and expertise". Hundreds of thousands of passengers travel on the London Underground every day.