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TfL: OCP Final offer & referendum survey

14 June 2011

OCP is the policy which sets out the consultation process when TfL restructure their business impacting upon staff and their jobs. After negotiations with TfL, who wish to change the policy, a final offer is now on the table and TSSA needs your opinion.


OCP (Organisational Change Policy) is the policy, which sets out the consultation process when TfL re-structure their business impacting upon staff and their jobs. The policy covers the minimum standards for how staff should be treated when faced with jobs under threat and mitigating the consequences resulting from redundancy. Since its inception in 2004, the OCP applies to non-operational staff in LU as well as TfL.

The problem

In March, TfL approached TSSA to state they were changing the policy and sought meetings with the recognised unions to discuss their plan. With the announcement of further job cuts now imminent across the TfL sector labelled ‘Project Horizon’ it was evident TfL were applying a hurried process for change before more jobs would be slashed. TSSA did not welcome this but it was made abundantly clear by TfL that change would happen.

The meetings with TfL did not get off to a good start for two main reasons: 1) TfL considered OCP as a matter for consultation, not negotiation and 2) they unilaterally produced a policy we considered detrimental to staff, with the removal of RDU (Redeployment unit) and no commitment to avoiding compulsory redundancies.

This was contested strongly as it is our firm belief that the contents of the policy give rise to our members’ contractual entitlements, any subsequent change to OCP is a collective matter and as such is a matter for negotiation as per the framework agreement. TfL arbitrarily asserts that it is non-contractual.

The result

As a result of TSSA standing firm, TfL agreed to enter into negotiations. This meant any change should be ‘agreed’ with the unions and not implemented unilaterally.

As in all negotiations, when approached by an employer who is forcing through change, a degree of bargaining is necessary to achieve where possible, terms of betterment rather than detriment. With the involvement of your elected staff representatives, the negotiations resulted with some significant improvements from the original proposal TfL sought to implement. The commitment to avoid where possible compulsory redundancies, has been retained.

Now what?

TfL has made their final offer and TSSA now needs your opinion. Below is a table of the key changes.

  TfL: OCP - Table of key changes and improvements 2011

TSSA recommends your acceptance of the final offer. This is the best, negotiated position, which we believe could be reached in these difficult circumstances. As negotiations are now exhausted, there is no further scope to improve further, unless members were willing to challenge in an industrial dispute. At the risk of rejecting, TfL could resort to their original position and seek to impose. This would be detrimental to staff.

Your views still matter and you must register your vote on the online survey by no later than Monday 20 June. In the meantime, there is a series of workplace meetings being arranged by your representatives and it has been agreed with Employee Relations that you will be released from duty to attend these. Your attendance is important.

Remember, you must:

  • Register your vote and comments on the online survey
  • Contact your LCG rep to find out where and when TSSA meetings are being held
  • Speak with non-members about becoming a TSSA member, pass on a recruitment form,
  • TSSA members only can contact the help desk for any urgent advice on 0800 328 2673
  • Check out TSSA’s new website for any updates


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