TfL contractor travel pass

Head Office Circular No. NP/143/23


To all Branches and Regional Councils


15th August 2023



Dear colleague


TfL contractor travel pass


In January this year, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan confirmed the details of his Contractor travel pass scheme. The union has raised with the Mayor and TfL our expectation that this scheme) should be extended to all Tier 2 outsourced workers (and not simply cleaners) on the same basis as other staff (ie including a Nominee pass). 

We have also met with the Mayor’s team and with TfL, and raised the unfairness of the eligibility criteria, including that relating to employees being employed 100% of the time on a TfL contract. We will continue to press the Mayor’s team on this. 

I have also received the following motion from Paddington No, 1 Branch:


At the beginning of February, the RMT press office released a statement saying that after winning staff travel for 5,800 TfL cleaners it had also won the same right for 800 more cleaners working at MTR Crossrail and on London Overground. Our Members are still waiting to see the fruits of this victory. The Union should provide a clear breakdown of what the Staff Travel Entitlement will be, who will be entitled to it and when this entitlement will be practically applied.


Paddington No.1 Branch therefore requests that: 


• RMT communicates with all Members working for TfL subcontracts (and their Branches) to clearly state that our demand is for free Duty, Leisure & Residential travel passes for ALL TfL Contracted Staff and a dependent, thereby achieving equality with in-house staff.


• RMT carry out a full mapping exercise of all cleaning/security contractors with all TfL subsidiaries, including MTREL, London Overground, Keolis Amey Docklands etc, to ensure that all contracts such as FES, STM, AGS etc are covered by our Unions demand for free travel.


The NEC since met, has noted my report on the union’s actions and welcomed the resolution from our RMT Paddington No.1 Branch. It has instructed me to take the matter up in line with the resolution and has referred the matter of mapping to our Industrial Organisation Subcommittee for examination and report.


Yours sincerely

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Michael Lynch 

General Secretary