Socialist Worker

First ever walkout hits TfL as workers strike over pay and pensions

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2403

TfL pickets in London

TfL pickets in London (Pic: Socialist Worker)


More than 1,000 workers struck at Transport for London (TfL) on Friday of last week against attacks on their pay and pensions.

The joint action between TSSA, RMT and Unite union members was their first ever strike. 

TfL bosses want to freeze wages and scrap workers’ final salary pension scheme. One TSSA rep at a head office in Southwark, south London, told Socialist Worker, “We’re the unseen workers and we’re being screwed. 

“They’re freezing wages and destroying our pensions at a time when bills keep rising.

“They say we are overpaid compared to outside TfL but really it’s those outside that are underpaid.”

TSSA rep Catherine Poole works at TfL’s North Greenwich office. She told Socialist Worker, “If they get away with this our pensions could possibly be determined decades before we retire. People are angry and have had enough.”

And RMT assistant general secretary Steve Hedley told Socialist Worker, “It’s fantastic to see three TFL unions all fighting together.”

 


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