The joint statement from Unite and other unions representing members at TfL read as follows:
On Friday 10th October, your Trade Unions met with TfL to further discuss our differences in respect to the Pay for Performance proposals. This meeting was one of a series of sessions to address our concerns around the various aspects of PfP - this meeting related specifically to the matter of Collective Bargaining.
Employee Relations started by going through a presentation on how they feel our concerns over collective bargaining in the new pay structure could be addressed. It was during this presentation that TfL Reward & Recognition let it slip that they had, in fact, imposed and operated a differential pay structure for the Legal team - this was in place to address the distinct market conditions for that profession which could not be accommodated by TfL's existing (and proposed) Pay for Performance pay scales. This news came as a surprise to your Trade Unions as TFL, within previous Pay for Performance negotiation meetings, have not been so explicit in their meaning around how aberrations in market tested pay can be dealt with despite being asked at every meeting.
When confronted, TfL stated that they did not have to tell us of this, or any other, differential pay structure as it is their view that pay scales are not a matter for negotiation (despite our recognition framework defining pay as a matter for collective bargaining). This is a full regression from the position TfL held during the early Pay for Performance negotiations where they set out that they will, at a minimum, consult on all aspects of their proposals.
It's unclear how long this differential pay structure has existed or if it is the only example but the fact is, that this shows TfL's complete lack of transparency around Pay for Performance. It further illustrates that TfL are not serious in their intention to engage in a meaningful and transparent way with your Trade Unions - something we have suspected since these discussion started last November 2013.
Your Trade Unions unanimously agreed to withdraw from Friday's meeting citing a fundamental breach of the Framework of Collective Bargaining and a serious breakdown in Industrial Relations and a breach of trust on the employer’s part. Once again, we say that the only way forward to resolve our ongoing dispute is to meet TfL under the auspices of ACAS - an independent body so these untruths stop. We need to keep up the pressure our Industrial Action is delivering.
Once again, we say that the only way forward to resolve our ongoing dispute is to meet TfL under the auspices of ACAS - an independent body so these untruths stop.
We need to keep up the pressure our Industrial Action is delivering.
As of Tuesday 14th October, your Trade Unions agree unanimously not to attend today’s Business as Usual Company Council meeting arranged to discuss various Policies. We have not taken this decision lightly, despite what TfL will tell you in their communications today. TfL must return to a state of transparent and fair Industrial Relations with your Trade Unions.
We will continue to press TfL for a fair deal.