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TfL negotiations update

20 May 2016

TSSA reps met with TfL management to discuss key issues of concern to members

TSSA representatives met TfL management to discuss a number issues yesterday (Thursday 19 May). 

Pay 2016

Pay talks will start on 8 June. It is vital that we have your input into the TSSA pay claim, so if you haven’t already done so, please take 5 minutes to complete our short Pay 2016 survey at:

As part of these pay negotiations TSSA is keen to address pay differentials between the highest and lowest earners in TfL. We are pushing for a review of the current pay structures and a move to a transparent, fair and equal pay system which rewards staff of all grades and pay bands.

Headcount Controls

Steve Burton, Chair of TfL Company Council, confirmed that “because of financial pressures”, TfL had decided to introduce controls on recruitment and retention of staff in TfL before the new Mayor of London was elected. The principal reason for these financial pressures is the cut in TfL funding implemented by central Government.

We have been told by TfL that this is a "pause" in recruitment and retention. The TfL Commissioner is in ongoing discussions with the new Mayor, Sadiq Khan, who has made it clear that he wants to reduce TfL’s reliance on non-permanent labour (NPL). TSSA has long been lobbying for a reduction in expensive consultants and agency staff, advocating that the organisation should instead invest in developing the skills of existing staff and providing career development opportunities.

We made it clear that reductions in NPL must be managed, ensuring that permanent staff are not placed under even more pressure and that day-to-day operations can continue. TfL must focus upon existing and future permanent staff, with an emphasis on training and professional development. We are confident that the new Mayor will take this approach, and he has already demonstrated his willingness to engage with trade unions at TfL. TSSA’s General Secretary recently discussed priorities with Sadiq Khan, and further discussions are planned in the next few weeks.

TSSA will maintain ongoing engagement with TfL regarding the implementation and impact of the "pause" in recruitment and have sought assurances that employees in the ‘clearing house’ (formerly Redeployment), apprentices and graduates will not be unfairly disadvantaged by these measures.


Wellness and Health & Safety

Following action by TSSA Health & Safety Reps we finally have a commitment from TfL to set up a Health and Safety Committee. TSSA and other unions will be meeting with TfL next month to talk Health and Safety, and high on the agenda will be stress and work-related mental health issues; a primary cause of sickness absence. We will also be raising working practices and environment, flexible working arrangements, and how to deal with bullying and harassment, as part of our discussions to make TfL a better workplace.


Desk-booking / Hotelling Trial

Christine Peppiatt, from TfL Facilities, gave an update on the hotelling trial and plans to implement a desk booking system in PPD (on the 8th floor at Palestra). TfL confirmed that it is not their intention to roll this out throughout the whole of TfL, and that they are “not even looking at introducing the desk monitoring system” elsewhere. We will be closely monitoring how this system works, and its impact upon staff, and have raised a number of further issues regarding office equipment, maintenance and health and safety.


Role families and Capability Reviews

Management gave a brief update on ‘Role Families’ which are currently being trialled in eight areas within TfL, and specifically the introduction of ‘capability reviews’, an online tool relating to this. Further discussions will take place and TfL confirmed that these do not relate directly to Performance and Development Reviews (P&Ds), so they are not covered by our continuing action short of strike.

If you have any questions about any of the above or about TSSA, please contact your local TSSA Rep or Mel Taylor, TSSA Organiser;


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