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Boris provokes cost of living dispute at TfL

17 April 2014

Boris Johnson is facing a cost of living strike at TfL over plans to freeze wages and cut pensions for supervisors and managers.

TSSA announced today that 1,000 backroom staff have voted more than 3-1 to strike over the Mayor's plans to freeze annual pay increases and cut their final salary pensions.

The staff, mainly based in TfL hq in Westminster, voted 80% in favour of strike and 92% in favour of action short of a strike in a ballot with a 47% turnout.

Manuel Cortes, union general secretary, said:

"We have George Osborne telling us that he has now beaten the cost of living crisis with wages ahead of inflation while the Mayor plans to inflict his very own brand of cost of living crisis on our members in TfL.

"He not only wants to freeze wages by scrapping annual increases but wants to cut final salary pensions as well. Needless to say, this plan does not apply to senior managers like the Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy who took home £650,000 last year.

"This is hypocrisy of the first order. We took action in February to defend our members jobs in the ticket office closure dispute and we are now ready to do the same at TfL."

He called for urgent talks at ACAS to avoid walkouts within the next four weeks.

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