Transport workers held a protest outside Parliament on 1 December over attacks to their jobs, pay and pensions from the strings attached to the government’s TfL bailout. Bus and underground services are also under threat, buses will be cut by 18 per cent, and it may be necessary to close a whole tube line.
The unions say workers who have been on the front line throughout the pandemic deserve a long-term funding settlement.
They went to parliament to deliver a message; that under no circumstances will they tolerate their members paying the price for the pandemic with cuts to their jobs, pay and pensions.
DON’T TOUCH THEM!
It was a joint transport union action supported by Unite, RMT, Aslef, TSSA and the ITF.
The current TfL funding deal runs out on 11 December and TFL faces a £1.9billion budget black hole. The unions are calling for the government to fund Transport for London fairly and fully and restore the operating grant which was removed by the Coalition government, Boris Johnson was Mayor of London at the time and made no objection. No other major metropolitan transport system in Europe is so exclusively reliant on fares income. Once COVID hit and Londoners did their bit by staying home, the fares income crashed, leaving a massive deficit in TFL’s budget.
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