Changes to TfL's Executive Committee
Prior to the announcement on Thursday, Andy Byford briefed trade union full-time officers about changes to the TfL Executive Committee which will take place on 1 February. According to the Commissioner, senior leadership roles have been realigned to create greater capability and accountability, to speed up decision-making and get rid of bureaucracy and duplication.
Fair pay for ALL TfL Staff
Why we're taking action short of a strike and how you can get involved
For many years the senior leadership of TfL has played a classic game of ‘divide and rule’ – pitting TfL employees against their colleagues in London Underground and vice versa.
Last week, when asked by staff about the reasons for the differing and divisive pay awards in TfL and LU, one senior leader at TfL said:
“Operational colleagues do a really different job, on shift working patterns, often working evenings and weekends, often in difficult and borderline dangerous situations… our colleagues on the front line are what we should all be orientated behind to support in facing into the public and facing into the maintaining of our network, often in really appalling, hot, horrible, dirty conditions…”
This completely fails to recognise the many operational staff employed by TfL, such as those in the Compliance, Policing, Operations and Security team, who work on the frontline but receive lower rates of pay, and lesser pay rises, than colleagues in similar roles on the Underground. Or to the many colleagues such as cleaners, who are employed by contractors and work in those exact same conditions, but are paid the London Living Wage.
It also fails to recognise the hard work and commitment of professional services and support staff who go above and beyond to ensure London's transport services - above and below ground - are safe, financially viable and continuing to operate.
Having seen thousands of colleagues in back office roles leave the organisation over the last five years as part of ‘Transformation’ cost-cutting measures, to add insult to injury, TfL’s senior leadership continues to expect staff to absorb the extra work that’s left behind whilst seeing their pay fall behind inflation year on year on year.
That’s why we’re reminding you of our ongoing action short of strike and calling on members not to work overtime and not to volunteer to be a TfL Ambassador.
We refuse to accept the leadership’s ‘divide and rule’ tactics. We respect ourselves and the work carried out by our operational colleagues. So when TfL sends you an email asking you to train up and volunteer as an Ambassador, remember that you may well be used to cover for operational colleagues should they take industrial action.
Now is the time to stand together, to stand up for ourselves.
However, if you have line management responsibilities then you should conduct Performance and Development reviews for those staff not participating in the action short of strike.
|Return to Offices
Following the Government's decision to remove all Covid mitigations from 19 January, TfL have restarted the return to offices for all staff. This starts gradually but everyone is expected to attend on 2 occasions a week by 28 February. TSSA had called on TfL to give members sufficient notice to be able to plan for this change and so welcome the delay in the re-introduction of a full hybrid return. We are now discussing the directorate level plans with management. We are concerned that some managers may dictate the terms of a return to the office without taking into account the new 'purpose of the office' which is to be where we meet to collaborate - not where we are instructed to attend to make use of allocated space. Return to the Office will be a key topic at the next member call on Tuesday 25 January - please join us if you can.
The Government recognised the additional pressure on GPs from the new Covid variant and so temporarily introduced a new rule that fit notes should be submitted after day 7 of a period of sickness. TfL decided to not reflect this in TfL sickness policy, which is disappointing because this conflicts with the purpose of the measure, to reduce pressure on the NHS. However, they have agreed that staff should be reimbursed for any private fit notes that they need to pay for. However, we know that many GPs are also refusing to provide private fit notes and it may be difficult to find a doctor to provide one. If you are having difficulty, let your manager know and they will seek advice from OHU who can signpost where you are able to get a note. Please contact your local rep if you are worried about this or are experiencing issues.
|Special Branch Meeting - Merger questions
Thank you to all members who joined the call on Wednesday 19 January. We have forwarded the questions raised and called for additional engagement with members ahead of the Special Delegate Conference on 12 February. Find out more on the TSSA forum or TSSA website.
We wrote about the TfL reviews of various HR policies last week and can report now that TfL have updated their timetable for the reviews. The updated timetable is filed on our teams site (request to join, if you haven't already done so).
We are providing updates to members at our Tuesday calls but please contact Caroline Cheales if you would like to be more involved.
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