TGWU Fairshare

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3591
Question By: 
Gareth Bacon
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

TfL employees are having money deducted from their monthly earnings in order to pay the TGWU Fairshare scheme. A TfL employee has complained to me that he is losing money and he has no say in the matter. The TGWU justify this by saying non-members benefit from the services they provide but the complainant does not support TGWU nor has given permission for these amounts to be deducted. Why is this measure being forced upon TfL employees against their will, how is this measure not illegal under the Closed Shop legislation from the 1980s and what can be done to stop it and protect the TfL employees who do not want to subsidise the TGWU?

Answer

Answer for TGWU Fairshare

Answer for TGWU Fairshare

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Fair Share was introduced in certain areas of Surface Transport as part of the 2005 pay negotiations with TGWU (now Unite), when TfL was under the chairmanship of the former Mayor.

TfL is currently participating in a test case which is considering the consistency of Fair Share arrangements with UK law relating, amongst other things, to deductions from wages. Unite have given TfL an indemnity to cover all of TfL's costs relating to managing this litigation and any financial consequences if Fair Share is found to be unlawful. This case was heard in July 2009 and a decision is awaited. It would not be proper for me to comment further until the outcome of the case is known.