Workers who are the ‘eyes and ears’ of the capital will join hundreds of TfL staff taking strike action for 24 hours next week in their fight against paltry pay and cuts to holidays.

The staff will walk out for 24 hours on 28 February, 27 March and 24 April.

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

TfL is cutting their holidays by imposing a system of counting holidays in hours instead of days, which has the effect of slashing the workers’ holiday entitlement by five days (see note to editors).

Staff employed by Dial-a-Ride who provide special needs transport, revenue protection inspectors and enforcement officers, are also in dispute over the imposition of a real terms pay cut. These workers have already taken part in a 24 hour strike on 31 January.

Unite regional officer Simon McCartney said: “TfL staff in the control centre are the eyes and ears of the capital. They are having their holidays slashed by TfL bosses for no good reason. These workers play a crucial role ensuring London’s roads run smoothly. Without these workers parts of London could become gridlocked.

"Meanwhile TfL has bulldozed through a derisory one per cent pay increase for TfL workers. The paltry one per cent amounts to a pay cut in real terms. The workers are demanding that TfL increases pay above inflation (RPI)."

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 £100 million a year.

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Notes to editors:

  • TfL is cutting the holidays of workers in its control centre by converting a 30 day annual leave entitlement to 210 hours annual leave, regardless of the fact that the workers shifts are all longer than seven hours, meaning that workers have to use more than one day’s annual leave entitlement to take a day off work.

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  • Unite is a union that campaigns for and delivers better pay and conditions for its members. Unite is winning at work based on three core values. Secure Work: fighting for jobs and job security, Strong Voice: a union which is a respected voice at work and Decent Pay: a union focused on pay and conditions.
  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.