Labour have condemned planned changes to Transport for London’s remuneration policies which unions say will reduce the value of pensions for some staff.
Under TfL’s new Pay For Performance regime, pay increases for non-operational staff would cease to be negotiated with unions and would instead be decide by managers based on individual performance.
The RMT, TSSA and Unite unions oppose the changes, which they say would open staff up to “bullying and harassment” by managers and condemn members “to a life of poverty in retirement” by reducing the value of final salary pensions.
Affected staff are holding a 24-hour strike in protest at the plans.
Their action has been backed by Val Shawcross, Labour’s Transport Spokeswoman on the London Assembly, who contrasted the “substantial cuts” to staff salaries with a growth in the number of TfL managers earning over £100,000.
Mrs Shawcross said: “With figures this week showing that the number of TfL staff earning over £100,000 has increased to 326, the fact that these senior managers continue to refuse to negotiate is quite extraordinary and comes as a bitter pill to swallow for these workers.
“Members of staff signed contracts with TfL that are not being honoured. Workers are being forced to accept lower pay now and a much reduced pension when they retire. This simply isn’t fair.”
The AM called on Mayor Boris Johnson, who chairs TfL, to “show some leadership and get a grip on this vital organisation.”