A STRIKE by back office Transport for London workers will not affect public transport services, the Observer has been told.
Members of the RMT union are holding a 24-hour walkout from 9.30pm on Sunday, July 1, over the lack of an Olympics bonus for administrative workers, such as those dealing with finance, and travel advisers.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "The rank hypocrisy of TfL managers, who stand to hit the bonus jackpot during the Olympics while offering their own directly-employed staff nothing, stinks and the refusal to even go to [mediation body] ACAS is an act of sheer contempt.“These TFL staff will be as busy as anybody else and the attempt to bullying them into bans on annual leave and unilateral changes to working conditions for nothing in return is a disgrace.
“RMT remains available for talks and with Boris Johnson directly intervening in the bus dispute there is no excuse for him, as chair of TFL, not to get involved in settling this issue."
Tricia Riley, TfL’s HR director, said: "The RMT leadership’s decision to call a strike is completely unjustified given just 14 per cent of their 212 members voted for strike action.
"They are clearly out of touch with their members and should call off their planned action immediately. These are mainly TfL contact centre roles and no staff are being asked to change their day jobs or have been expected to change their working patterns without consent.
"We do not expect this to have a significant impact on the service we provide to our passengers.”