The new TfL Business Plan, published on Wednesday, throws into question the very future and safety of transport services in London, with proposals for even greater cuts to jobs, services and investment over the next 3-4 years.
As you have probably seen, Mike Brown’s email to staff said:
“This is one example of how we will further reduce our back and middle office costs across the entire organisation. Over the next three years, we will cut the cost of these areas by 30 per cent. This will only be possible by looking at all the ways we can deliver a better service at reduced cost, including reducing the number of roles in our back and middle office functions, building on what we have already achieved in these areas. As always, where any headcount reduction is necessary, we will engage in full and meaningful consultation with our people and trade unions.”
Merry Christmas to you too, Mike!
TfL’s financial difficulties are a result of the massive cuts in central Government funding, which has decreased by 46% since 2011, with the DfT cutting the operating grant from £1 billion in 2013 to £0 in 2018/19. London is now the only capital city in the world whose transport system receives no public funding. This starving of our transport system has been made far worse by the Elizabeth Line fiasco which is costing TfL and the public billions.
Cost over-runs by private contractors at Crossrail and central Government austerity cuts should not – and must not – undermine London’s transport services or affect our members jobs or terms and conditions. Our members have suffered the brunt of the pain so far, with job cuts of over 20% and vacancies running at around 10%. Workloads have increased and the pressures on staff are immense. Meanwhile, Directors get pay rises and huge bonuses, and we learn that the number of TfL staff earning over £100,000 has increased by 25%. This is OBSCENE.
TSSA has called for urgent talks with TfL about the Business Plan, and these will take place next week, at a Company Council meeting on Tuesday, 18 December. We will be clear with TfL – and City Hall – that enough is enough, and the gloves are now off. TSSA is here to support you and your colleagues, and we promise to work with other trades unions and all allies to protect your jobs, terms and conditions, to put an end to the “fat cat” gravy-train in TfL, and to restore Government funding to TfL and so ensure the safety and sustainability of London’s transport services.