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Boris should intervene in "Let Them Eat Cake" dispute

9 July 2014

Boris Johnson should intervene in the "let them eat cake" dispute at TfL, the TSSA rail union said today.

It called on the Mayor to personally step in to end the dispute on the eve of the third 24-hour stoppage by more than 1,000 staff facing a pay freeze and pension cuts.

The proposed cuts do not apply to over 300 senior TfL executives who earn over £100,000, including Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy who earned over £500,000 last year. The union has accused him of acting "like a latter day Bourbon".

Manuel Cortes, TSSA general secretary, said:
"It is high time that Boris intervened to end this dispute. He talks about fair pay and fair rewards but allows the Commissioner to earn more than 20 times what some of our members earn.

"That is completely unacceptable in a 21st century publicly funded transport system. There must be equal treatment for all staff, not one set of rules for Sir Peter and his elite staff and another set for those at the other end of the pay scale.

"How on earth can we all be in this together if there is a charmed circle at the top who get all the cream?".

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