TFL Strike On As 'Pay for Performance' Threatens Wages & Pensions

Further to my recent circulars our TfL members, in coordination with our TSSA and Unite colleagues will be taking 24 hours of strike action from this Friday morning in a dispute over the all-out attack on pay and pensions.

Members have been instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-

  • 0600 hours Friday 9th May 2014 and 0559 hours Saturday 10th May 2014.

The action is in protest at TFL’s plans to impose Pay for Performance. Over the last six months TFL have point-blank refused to engage in serious negotiations with our negotiating team over their plans which would result in a performance-related pay freeze and savage cuts to pension rights.

This would mean the following : -

  • Non-consolidated, lump sum one-off pay rises that would not count towards pensionable pay
  • A knock on impact that would lead to reduced final salary pensions
  • An immediate pay freeze – stretching over the next five years - for at least 50% of staff
  • The annual pay round placed at the discretion of managers and no longer fully negotiated with the recognised trade unions
  • Pay rises determined by punitive and discriminatory individual “performance” processes that would unleash a tidal-wave of bullying and harassment.

The impetus behind management’s proposals is purely and simply cash-led cuts, a situation that will become worse over the forthcoming years as there are further reductions in TFL’s grant and the expectation that further assaults on jobs, pay and pensions are being lined up for the future.

TFL should be in no doubt of about our members’ determination to defend pay and pensions and they should listening to our case, withdrawing the current plans and talking seriously about pay and pensions plans that protect and enhance the living standards of TFL staff members.

I urge our TFL members to continue to stand shoulder to shoulder against these management attacks, we must force them to back down!