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TSSA condemns TfL for calling in the Met

12 June 2018

TfL Bosses have been left with egg on their face after efforts to deploy union-busting tactics backfired spectacularly this afternoon.

TSSA would like to thank London's New Deputy Mayor of Transport Heidi Alexander for reading Transport for London (TfL) bosses the riot act after the police were called in to move on TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes.

Cortes and a team of TSSA staff were on a scheduled promotion of our transport union outside TfL's building this (Tues) afternoon when three bobbies arrived and said they had been asked by TfL to remove our TSSA team from outside their building.

A quick phone call from TSSA to Heidi's office sorted the problem. Heidi, who is now responsible for running London's Transport called TfL Commisioner, Mike Brown and ordered him to ease off our boss and team.

He was also reminded that TfL has no right to interfere with our union's legal right to promote ourselves to the capital's transport staff.

TfL are now trying to spin their way out of the problem by blaming the police's presence on the building's landlord despite the security team of the building telling Cortes they had been asked by TfL to move us on - hence why the cops were called.

Said Cortes,"Lucky we have a Labour Deputy Mayor for Transport committed to good industrial relations practice which includes every worker belonging to a trade union. And what happened to us today shows just how anti-union TfL's bosses, all handpicked by Boris Johnson, are.

These TfL fat cats ought to smell the coffee. The Tories no longer run our capital city. Our Labour Mayor, Sadiq Kahn, is proud of the work trade unions do on behalf of ordinary Londoners. TfL bosses should either shape up or they must be shipped out.

"Big thanks to Heidi and her team for their speedy intervention which should leave TfL bosses hanging their heads in shame. It also shows the arrogant lengths TfL are prepared to go to to stop their staff from joining our union. It's time for TfL to turn a new page by allowing the largest union within the Company, into their buildings. No more ifs, buts or maybes.

"Sadiq Khan is committed to improving industrial relations. He also wants TfL staff to join a union and gain access to the equality boosting benefits of union membership.

"We were on the pavement outside the building this morning because they refused to allow us in to meet staff. Their efforts to union-bust have no place in the 21st century even under the Tory's hostile environment for unions. For trying this on, in a Labour-run authority, heads should now roll.

"Having seen off the police, I'm hoping Heidi will now allow our union to hold stalls inside TfL buildings so we can go about our legitimate business with dignity and respect'.



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