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Message Content:TfL Performance pay dispute and industrial action by RMT, TSSA, and Unite
As a member of the TfL Board of Directors, you may be aware RMT, TSSA, PCS and Unite trades union members are currently in dispute with Transport for London regarding their plans to freeze the pay of individual staff members, reduce starting pay rates and salary ranges, cut staff pensions and withdraw from the current collective bargaining arrangements.
TfL’s “Pay for Performance” proposals lie at the heart of these plans, and I believe that the underlying principles of these proposals are seriously flawed. In particular,
Market data used to compare and assess TfL salaries is inappropriate
The pay system being proposed by TfL will, in our view, increase gender-based inequality
Longer serving members of staff, many of whom have dedicated their careers to working at TfL, could see up to 40% reduction in the pension they receive at retirement
TfL have directly called their employees “overpaid and underperforming”
The recognised trades unions have given a commitment to work with TfL to address any budgetary difficulties via a variety of alternative proposals
TfL’s proposals would effectively neutralise collective bargaining for pay
Each of the trades unions has agreed to work with TfL to achieve their business objectives and to discuss a variety of possible alternatives to the current plans. TfL management have indicated that they have no desire to agree a mutually acceptable basis from which to move forward. They intend instead to impose these changes, against the will of hard-working and dedicated staff members, and will only discuss how their disputed and divisive scheme can be implemented.
The trades unions have on several occasions asked the employer to attend talks at ACAS to seek to resolve this dispute; TfL has consistently refused to attend. Without the option to negotiate with their employer, TfL staff have been forced into this current dispute.
RMT, TSSA, and Unite members at TfL have already taken several days strike action and continuous action short of strike is in place. This dispute is escalating and PCS are now balloting their members to join the industrial action.
As a member of the TfL Board of Directors you are in a unique position to investigate and influence the policies of TfL. I genuinely believe that a negotiated solution is possible and in the best interests of both the travelling public of London and TfL employees.
I politely request that you enquire further into the rationale and practical effect of TfL’s pay for performance proposals, and use your influence to encourage the management to enter into meaningful consultations and negotiations with the recognised trade unions in order to resolve this dispute.
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