Unite members at Transport for London strike against paltry 1% pay rise

Unite picket line outside TFL
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Around 300 workers employed by Dial-a-Ride and 300 TfL revenue protection inspectors, road transport enforcement officers and compliance officers took strike action for 24 hours on 31 January, and 28 February. They will strike again on 27 March and 24 April. 

TfL is trying to bulldoze through a derisory 1 per cent pay increase for TfL workers which amounts to a pay cut in real terms. The workers are demanding that TfL increases pay in line with London Underground staff who have been given an above inflation (RPI) pay deal.

In contrast, Gareth Powell, TfL managing director of surface transport was paid £305,649, a 10 per cent increase on his previous year’s salary, plus he received performance related pay worth £50,648. Tricia Wright, chief people officer was paid £236,005 plus she received performance related pay of £35,640.

Unite regional officer Simon McCartney said: “TfL workers are fighting back against paltry pay. TfL bosses on six figure salaries need to rethink their decision to impose a real terms pay cut on staff working in an expensive city like London. 

“There is no good reason why a Dial–a-Ride worker who provides services to the elderly, vulnerable and disabled should get less than staff at London Underground.

“TfL workers also do crucial work to protect the travelling public and to recover lost revenue for TfL. Staff are regularly abused, threatened and have been assaulted while carrying out their duties. They have become sick and tired of the lack of support they receive from management but TfL’s decision to impose a 1 per cent pay deal was the last straw and now they are fighting back.”

Dial-a-Ride workers operate from depots including Woodford in north London, Palmers Green, Wimbledon, Wembley and Orpington in Bromley. They provide special needs transport to the elderly, the vulnerable and those with disabilities. 

Revenue protection inspectors, road transport enforcement officers and compliance officers also voted for strike action. Compliance officers work around London’s hot spots for the private hire trade. They ensure passenger safety and deter, detect and prosecute members of the private hire trade who are acting illegally. Revenue inspectors are employed across the network to try to stop fare dodging. Fares evasion on London transport costs the system £100 million a year.