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LU Dispute - Pay and Conditions of Service 2019

26 July 2019

In February this year TSSA submitted our pay claim on behalf of all our members employed at London Underground.

Nearly six months on and little progress has been made.

LU’s story so far

LU have persistently stated their position, ‘these pay discussions are taking place in challenging financial times’. They say, they are adjusting to the loss of the Government grant, contending with lower passenger demand, faced with an unclear Brexit and…. adjusting to the delayed opening of Crossrail.
However, they also stated the key to their success is the people who make up London Underground. They say they want to maintain their position as an ‘employer of choice’ and recognise their employees have already helped them make positive changes across the Underground. So, here’s how they went about seeking to repay you in recognition of that statement.

Our union’s pay claim was generally disregarded with LU rejecting many of our items such as:

1) a reduction in the working week to a maximum of 32 hours in a 4-day week;
2) introduction of a recovery day rather than a rest day at the end of a rostered run of night duties;
3) improvements to travel facilities including 75% discounted rail travel for all staff regardless of what year they took up employment (pre or post 1996) and to receive those benefits into retirement;
4) review of flexible working arrangements for our members across admin and management grades;
5) review of family friendly policies as well as equal opportunities and diversity
to name but a few.

Our union’s position

As a result of LU’s disregard your TSSA representatives registered a dispute leading to talks now being held under the auspices of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS). Your negotiating team of reps across all functional councils are working hard trying to identify areas where we can bridge the gap. Our recent meeting held on 25 July led to an improved offer in the shape of a two-year pay deal covering 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2021:

• Year 1 - February RPI plus 0.2% (2.7% consolidated increase) with a minimum increase of £750 (pro rata for employees working less than 35 hrs per week); whichever is the greater
• Year 2 - RPI plus 0.2% (RPI February 2020)

Our union reminded LU bosses that we are in dispute and the clock is ticking. The only improvement in this revised offer was a miserly 0.1% added to year one of their previous two-year pay offer. Except for LU saying they would concede our request to apply the Medical Assistance Programme (MAP) to all employees, this is their offer as it stands. Your reps rejected it and more meetings at ACAS are being planned for the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, we need to continue preparing for an industrial action ballot in the event that no further progress is made, so please check to make sure your membership details are up to date.
It’s over to you

Here are a few simple things you can do:

Update your membership details. Do you know if we hold your up-to-date membership details? Have you moved home, changed jobs or location, changed your email address and/or mobile number?

• Update your membership details on TSSA’s website at MyTSSA
• Pass this circular on to your work colleagues
• Is your colleague a non-union member? Ask them to join TSSA online at
• Engage with your elected reps to ensure your views are known and get up-to date info
• TSSA members can contact our Freephone helpdesk on 0800 328 2673 or email enquiries

Finally, even if you think that nothing has changed please remember to check your membership details are up to date. It’s vital we have your correct details held on file and we will of course keep you informed of any further developments and doing so will only take a few minutes of your time.

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