Thousands of Transport for London staff enjoyed inflation-busting pay rises last year at a cost of almost £19 million to the taxpayer, according to figures released today.
Employees received an average 3.2 per cent increase in 2016/17 – “substantially more” than the one percent cap imposed on public sector workers including nurses, doctors and teachers - writes standard.co.uk.
The increases were revealed by Gareth Bacon, the Tory leader at City Hall, who accused transport unions of “pick-pocketing” the public purse.
His figures show a Tube station supervisor on £55,848 would have received a £1,787 raise in 2017, against the average nurse on £31,000 who would have received around £215 according to latest figures.
The 3.2 per cent TfL pay increase cost £27.1million across the workforce. A one per cent increase, in line with other public sector workers would have cost £8.5million – a difference of £18.6million.
Tube driver £51,329 in 2016; £52,972 in 2017 – an increase of £1,643.
TfL administrator £31,040 in 2016; £32,033 in 2017 – an increase of £993.
Nurse £31,000 in 2015; £31,215 in 2016 – an increase of £215.*
Met Police constable £24,641 in 2015; £25,269 in 2016 – an increase of £628.*
Teacher £35,100 in 2016; £35,451 in 2017 – an increase of £351.
*Public sector worker pay, last available year of data
It comes weeks after it was revealed that taxpayers have also funded a £1.7 billion overpayment for TfL staff’s “gold-plated” pensions.
Mr Bacon said: “It is unfair that TfL should get away with handing staff an inflation-busting pay rise while other public sector workers abide by the one percent pay cap.
“With inflated wage increases on top of its gold-plated pensions, the unions at TfL are pick-pocketing the taxpayer.”
He called on Sadiq Khan to address the disparity and “bring TfL staff into line with other public sector departments.”
The Mayor’s office today hit back describing the claims as “ludicrous” while saying the four-year pay deal was struck under the regime of Boris Johnson.
A spokesman for Mr Khan said: “This is beyond parody from the Tories who are criticising a pay deal agreed under a Tory mayor which covered a four year period from April 2015 to March 2019.
“Strangely enough, they did not complain about this at the time the deal was agreed in January 2016.”
The report also sparked a furious response from the RMT union, which described it as a “vicious assault” on the capital’s transport workers.
Mick Cash, RMT leader, said: “Unlike the London City Hall Tories, London’s transport workers are in the front line when it comes to dealing with safety and security on services across the capital.
“They were first responders after Parson’s Green and other terrorist incidents and are delivering round the clock for Londoners.
“Instead of launching vicious assaults on RMT members the Tory party should be thanking them for keeping London moving safely and securely.”
A TfL spokesman said an ongoing overhaul of its operations had slashed £153million from day-to-day running costs in the last financial year.
He added: “This rigorous approach to the management of operating costs continues as we carry out a root and branch review of our organisation."
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