London transport staff vote to take strike action in pay and pensions row

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Supervisors and managers at Transport for London (TfL) have voted to go on strike in a row over pay and pensions.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association said 1,000 staff had backed action by 3-1 in protest at a wage freeze and cuts to their final salary pensions. Turnout among the staff, who are mainly based at TfL’s head office, was 47 per cent.

Manuel Cortes, the union’s general secretary, said: “We have George Osborne telling us that he has now beaten the cost of living crisis with wages ahead of inflation while the Mayor of London plans to inflict his very own brand of cost of living crisis on our members in TfL.

“He not only wants to freeze wages by scrapping annual increases but wants to cut final salary pensions as well. Needless to say, this plan does not apply to senior managers.

“This is hypocrisy of the first order. We took action in February to defend our members’ jobs in the ticket office closure dispute and we are now ready to do the same at TfL.”

He called for urgent talks to avoid walkouts within the next four weeks.

TfL’s human resources director Tricia Riley said: “The only way in which these disputes get resolved is by talking and not by threatening strikes. We have been engaging with the unions on these issues since November.”