Concern (Supplementary) [18]

Session date: 
June 20, 2012
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Boris Johnson (Chair,TfL)

Question

Mr Mayor, I am encouraged to hear that. What will you do if the employers do not respond positively to the suggestions that have been made, as the clock counts down to the Olympics?

Supplementary To: 

Answer

Answer for Concern (Supplementary) [18]

Answer for Concern (Supplementary) [18]

Answered By: 
Boris Johnson (Chair,TfL)

I think you have heard a very good answer from the Commissioner. I think it is now down to the employers to do a deal. They shilly-shallied; I think this has gone on for long enough. One of the points that I think Londoners do not really understand, and I can see why they do not, is the difference between the relationship between bus drivers, bus employees, with us, and Tube drivers. Tube drivers, as LU staff, are direct employees of TfL; we all understand that. The bus companies stand in a very different relationship, and that is why I know that you will have had exactly the same conversations with my predecessor; it is and always has been the job of the bus companies to get on and do it. ODA funds have been made available and now they have to crack this thing on the head.