Unite today, along with sister unions in Transport for London, has referred the long running dispute over management plans to introduce performance related pay to the conciliation service ACAS.
There has already been three separate days of one day industrial action and an ongoing work to rule where our members are refusing to have anything to do with the new pay system.
Unite believes that ACAS intervention will kick start the negotiations and broker a way forward.
The letter from Unite officer, Hugh Roberts, read as follows: "We are writing to seek your assistance in unlocking an impasse between the Unions and Transport for London Management.
Essentially, Transport for London are looking to introduce performance and market related pay and we have serious reservations about the effect on collective pay bargaining and our ability to secure a fair and equitable pay rise for our members in the future.
In any pay review process clarity, transparency and certainty of outcome is vital and it appears the performance performance pay proposals are driven by the austerity agenda rather than whether performance related pay is suitable in a public sector transport environment. We also remain unconvinced that the proposals have been adequately equality proofed.
We ask for your earliest intervention for as you know there has already been strike action and an ongoing work to rule. Without conciliation, and the perspective offered by involving ACAS, we find it difficult to see a way forward.
We look forward to hearing from you and believe our sister unions in TfL will be writing to you in similar terms."