Unite members employed by Dial-a-Ride will join the growing numbers of Transport for London (TfL) workers who are resisting TfL’s decision to impose a below inflation one per cent pay deal.

The workers will begin voting for strike action today (6 November).

320 workers, who operate from depots including Woodford in north London, Wimbledon, Wembley and Orpington in Bromley, provide special needs transport to the elderly, the vulnerable and those with disabilities.

Hundreds of essential TfL workers have already voted for strike action. Last week, 89 per cent of Unite members in TfL’s Control Centre voted in favour of strike action and 88 per cent of members working as compliance officers, revenue protection inspectors and roads and transport enforcement officers backed a strike. (see notes to editors).

Unite regional officer Simon McCartney said: “Resistance to Transport for London’s paltry pay is growing. Dial-a-Ride workers have joined their colleagues to demand that TfL recognises their hard work and the financial pressures of living in an expensive city. TfL’s one per cent amounts to a pay cut in real terms. Our members do not take strike action lightly, it’s a last resort but they have been forced to ballot for strike action.”


Notes to editors:

Workers employed in TfL’s Surface Network Management Control Centre (NMCC), are ‘the eyes and ears’ of the capital. They control traffic flows, update the travel information service, deploy contractors to deal with accidents and manage the capital’s tunnels including the Blackwall, Rotherhithe, and Green Man tunnels. The workers are also responsible for bus diversions and bus drivers rely on the NMCC during emergencies and traffic incidents.

Revenue protection inspectors, road transport enforcement officers and compliance officers also voted for strike action. Compliance officers work around London’s hot spots for the private hire trade. They ensure passenger safety and deter, detect and prosecute members of the private hire trade who are acting illegally. Revenue inspectors are employed across the network to try to stop fare dodging. Fares evasion on London transport costs the system £100m a year.

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  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.