Transport for London Administrative Staff to Strike for 24 Hours

Administrative and customer-services staff at Transport for London, which runs the U.K. capital’s Underground rail and bus networks, will stage a 24-hour strike over pay and pensions on May 9, unions said today.

About 1,500 staff from the RMT, TSSA and Unite unions won’t work shifts commencing in the 24 hours starting 6 a.m. on Friday, the RMT said in an e-mailed statement. Those taking action will include workers who staff helplines and deal with the Oyster payment-card system, according to the union.

TfL proposals to freeze pay for some staff, introduce performance-related payments and cut pension rights mean workers “are being lined up to take a hit that would not only whack them in the pocket now but would condemn them to lives of poverty in retirement,” RMT’s acting general secretary, Mick Cash, said in the statement

The dispute is separate from a confrontation between the RMT and London Underground over the closing of station ticket offices that snarled the public-transport system for 48 hours last week. A planned second 72-hour Underground strike this week was called off after the union said there’d been “significant progress” toward a review of the program.

Tfl, which manages the capital’s transportation network, says its proposed measures will save 50 million pounds ($84 million) a year with no compulsory job cuts, and that 650 people have already applied to leave. Some 750 positions may go, though the RMT puts the number at 1,000.

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