Croydon Tramlink Drivers Walk Out
ASLEF members on the Croydon Tramlink will strike on Tuesday and Wednesday this week in a dispute over pay. With the RPI rate of inflation running at over 11%, FirstGroup, the company which operates Tramlink on behalf of Transport for London, has offered tram drivers just 3%.
Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s full-time organiser on Croydon Tramlink and London Underground, says: ‘This would mean a real terms wage cut for people already struggling to deal with rising fuel, energy and food bills. Our members do a difficult and demanding job, working round the clock shifts over 364 days of the year. They deserve a fair pay settlement.
‘FirstGroup saw its profits soar last year. It boasts of returning £500 million to shareholders while holding workers’ wages down.
‘And last year FirstGroup paid its chief executive Matthew Gregory £840,00 in pay and perks.
‘Croydon Tram Operations Ltd is funded by Transport for London. But the company prefers to use the money it gets from TfL to funnel cash to shareholders, and wealthy executives, rather than pay its staff a fair wage.
‘The Mayor of London and the board of TfL should be intervening to stop this abuse and make Tramlink treat its staff fairly.’
Notes to editors:
- ASLEF members voted by 99.2% in favour of strike action
- Strike action will take place from 00.01 on Tuesday 28 until 23.59 on Wednesday 29 June
For more information, or to talk to Finn, please contact:
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77 St John Street
Tel: 020 7324 2407
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