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Sadiq Khan sides with TSSA in dispute with TfL

13 June 2018

TSSA welcomes the personal assurances from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that Transport for London (TfL) will not call in the Metropolitan Police to remove our officials from going about the business of representing and recruiting members.

Sadiq gave a personal assurance to TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, last night in which he revealed he too was "frustrated" by TfL's landlord who yesterday called the police to move on a TSSA delegation away from their offices in Stratford.

TSSA officials will today set up a stall from midday, outside the Palestra building on Blackfriars Road, in defiance of efforts yesterday by TfL to have us removed.

Said Cortes, "Trades unions exist to resist intimidation of workers and we have no intention of being moved on by TfL bosses, their landlord or the police. In fact, when the cops showed up, they knew we had a lawful right to go about our union business. Whoever decided to call the police should be done for wasting their time.

I'm grateful to Sadiq for taking the time to contact me, saying he too is "frustrated" by yestetday"s antics. I believe his promise that the now obvious restrictions being placed on our members and our union when trying to access TfL workplaces will soon be lifted.

"It sends a strong message to TfL's fat cats - many of whom are the legacy of the anti-union Boris Johnson regime - that there is a new Labour administration at City Hall and the era of hostile Tory no-go environment for unions is over. Hopefully, Sadiq's actions this will help detoxify industrial relations at TfL."


TSSA will return to Palestra, opposite Southwark Tube station from midday to 2pm this afternoon.

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