London Underground dispute with UNITE

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3310
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

John Morgan-Evans of UNITE is quoted as stating on 23 October 2009 that 'London Underground seem to be no longer interested in negotiating a solution.' Is this the case, and what obstacles remain in reaching a negotiated settlement?

Answer

Answer for London Underground dispute with UNITE

Answer for London Underground dispute with UNITE

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Underground (LU) remains committed to reaching a settlement on pay through discussion with the trades unions. TSSA has accepted the offer and ASLEF are now recommending the pay offer to its membership.

LU continues to be available for talks at any time and in the last week met with all of the trades unions at the conciliation service ACAS. Further talks are expected in the next week.

As well as tabling a revised offer in June, LU has considered and accepted proposals to deal with other issues of concern, for example medical redeployment for train operators, in a bid to demonstrate flexibility in reaching a sensible and fair pay agreement.

What LU cannot do, however, is increase its pay offer. The offer would provide a pay increase of 1.5% this year and RPI+0.5% next year to all staff*.

This is very fair and reasonable, particularly in the current financial climate, when many Londoners are facing pay freezes or even redundancy. I therefore urge the other trade unions to accept it for the good of their members and all those who rely on the Tube service.

*this does not include senior managers as their pay has been frozen this year in line with the rest of TfL.