Government Delivery of Mayoral Policies (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
June 20, 2012
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Boris Johnson (Chair,TfL)


Thank you. Perhaps I could just go through one or two of the policies and look at some of the specific policies that were in your manifesto. I guess the one that most Londoners would find most important is that to try to deal and indeed to cut down on the number of strikes that are happening. You and the Commissioner have already talked about the bus strike but, frankly, that is one that I understand was brought about by only a third of the members of the union voting for the strike and taking part in the ballot. We regularly see the problem with the Underground strikes. It is very costly to Londoners.

The London Chamber of Commerce and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) both support the line you have put forward that there should be a 50% threshold of members voting in order for a strike to happen. That of course is a view shared by my colleagues on the Conservative side of this Assembly. Who is holding that legislation up, frankly? Who in the Government needs to be pursued most by us? It is critical, it seems to me.


Answer for Government Delivery of Mayoral Policies (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Government Delivery of Mayoral Policies (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
Boris Johnson (Chair,TfL)

I think we should send you in to 10 Downing Street. It is something, as you know, that I have banged on about for years. There is a good case for it. I know it is something that Peter [Hendy] agrees with very strongly. It would make a difference. But it is not something that, to be totally honest, I have been successful in getting the Government to move on. We need to make progress. I would hope that they will see that Londoners, the whole city and the economy would benefit massively from a greater sense of confidence that there are not going to be vexatious strikes.