8 May 2014
RMT, TSSA and Unite members at Transport for London will be taking 24 hours of joint strike action from this Friday morning in a dispute over an all-out attack on pay and pensions that would condemn to staff to a life of poverty in retirement.
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 their “Pay for Performance” proposals
Over the last six months TFL have point-blank refused to engage in serious negotiations over their plans for what amount to a performance-related pay freeze and savage cuts to pension rights.
The savage attacks that TFL are looking to bulldoze through would mean:
• 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 staff 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.
RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said:
“The attack on TFL pay and pensions has to be seen in the wider context of Government austerity cuts to TFL’s funding and once again it is the staff who are being lined up to take a hit that would not only whack them in the pocket now but would condemn them to lives of poverty in retirement
“Although RMT and the other unions have continued to meet with the company demanding a decent pay offer and full pensionable pay for all TFL employees they have point blank refused to back away from their aggressive plans to attack wages and pensions across the board. Their current proposal is nothing less than a concerted attack on the future of the TFL Pensions Fund which affects all its members regardless of grade.
“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.
Take solidarity to the picket lines:
· Pier Walk (North Greenwich) picket line from 07:45-10:00.
· Palestra House, (Southwark station) picket line from 07:45-10:00
· Windsor House (Victoria Street) picket line from 07:45-10:00
· 55 Broadway (St James Tube) picket line from 07.45-10.00