Campaigning for better pay

Resolution: Mayor Johnson and 'Chicken Feed'

This resolution, submitted by Jubilee South and East London Line branch, was passed at the August Regional Council meeting.

This Branch/Regional Council is appalled, but not surprised, by the recent comments made by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, that his payment of £250k, for writing a Sunday newspaper column, was nothing more than ‘chicken feed’.

We feel this is a disgrace, considering the Mayor’s actions in intervening in the current LUL pay dispute, and also the failure to pay cleaners the London living wage.

Facts about Pay and Inflation

If you want to keep up with the latest statistics on pay settlements, inflation and other employment-related facts, you could try looking at the IDS website.

One fact it will tell you is that median pay settlements are currently running at 2% - a full 0.5% higher than LUL and TfL's current offers. ['Median' is one type of average, found by arranging the values in order and then selecting the one in the middle.]

RMT Reaction to Mayor Boris Johnson's Comments that a Quarter of a Million Pounds a Year From His Second Job is "Chickenfeed"

Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary, said:

“Transport workers in London will look at Boris Johnson’s claim that £250,000 a year for moonlighting in a second job is “chickenfeed” and wonder just what planet he’s living on.

“Our members working as cleaners on London Underground, who have been denied the London Living Wage that was promised them by Boris Johnson, will be especially angry when they are out there doing dirty jobs for little more than six pounds an hour.

Boris Johnson: Quarter-Million Pay is "Chicken Feed"

This link shows Boris Johnson describe his quarter of a million payment for a second job as a journalist as “chicken feed”.

It makes me wonder not only about our Mayor's judgement but also his hypocrisy in opposing the RMT pay claim. Why is it that millionaires so strongly oppose people on just over twenty thousand per annum getting a pay rise that keeps up with the real rate of inflation?!

Pay: Recent Settlements

Here are some recent pay settlements, which may help put London Underground's and TfL's current offers in perspective:

  • HBOS: 4.25%
  • Lloyds TSB: 4%, second year of 3-year deal
  • Phoenix Healthcare Distribution: 3.65%
  • BAE Regional Aircraft: 3%
  • BVT Surface Fleet: 3%
  • Stagecoach South West: 3.2 - 4.5%
  • Stagecoach South West Weillington depot: 4%
  • Maersk Offshore Deep Sea Ratings: 3%
  • Hitachi: 4.2% from 1 January 2009, plus 3% from 1 April 2009
  • Wabtec: 3.5%
  • Unipart Crewe: 2.5%

Latest Inflation Figures Expose Pay Offer as Pay Cut

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (attached) prove once again that LUL/TfL's pay offers lag well behind rising prices - in other words will cut your pay in real terms.

In the year to May, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 2.2%. The Retail Price index - acknowledged as seriously underestimating real inflation - stood at -1.1%. RPIX (RPI, excluding mortgage interest payments) was +1.6%.

Here are some price rises for particular areas of your spending:

Update: Dispute Talks

RMT representatives again attended talks aimed at resolving our 'jobs, pay and justice' dispute at ACAS on Wednesday 24 June.

Most of the day's discussion centred around management's difficulty with accepting that the settlement of the 2001 dispute (the so-called 'Jobs for Life' deal) means what it actually says! The agreement clearly states that:

  • "no compulsory redundancies will take place"; and that
  • "This agreement applies to all staff employed by LUL, the Infracos and their subsidiaries. "