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SADIQ KHAN was “frustrated” with Transport for London after its landlord called police to clear TSSA officials away from TfL HQ, the union revealed today.
The London mayor gave his personal assurances to TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes last night that police will not be called again to remove officials trying to represent and recruit members at the Stratford offices.
“Trades unions exist to resist intimidation of workers and we have no intention of being moved on by TfL bosses, their landlord or the police,” Mr Cortes said.
TSSA officials will today set up a stall from midday, outside the Palestra building on Blackfriars Road, in defiance of efforts yesterday by @TfL to have us removed.https://t.co/X00wI4b8sd pic.twitter.com/aKuQ8dHfXA
— TSSA (@TSSAunion) June 13, 2018
“In fact, when the cops showed up, they knew we had a lawful right to go about our union business. Whoever decided to call the police should be done for wasting their time.
“I’m grateful to Sadiq for taking the time to contact me, saying he too is ‘frustrated’ by yesterday’s antics.
“I believe his promise that the now obvious restrictions being placed on our members and our union when trying to access TfL workplaces will soon be lifted.”
TSSA officials set up a defiant stall outside the TfL Palestra building on Blackfriars Road today. There were no reports of police interference.
The union is one of four, alongside RMT, Aslef and Unite, that TfL recognises.
A mayor’s office spokesman said: “TfL’s landlord unfortunately called the police in relation to a TSSA leafleting session on private land outside the TfL office in Stratford yesterday. TfL played no role in this.
“The mayor believes that positive relationships with trade unions benefit commuters and staff alike.
"That is why there has been a 65 per cent reduction in the number of days lost to strikes on the underground since Sadiq became mayor compared to his predecessor.
“All the recognised trade unions at TfL will be invited to hold a membership sign-up event at TfL’s office at Palestra this summer.”
Mr Cortes added that Mr Khan’s assurance “sends a strong message to TfL fat cats, many of whom are the legacy of the anti-union Boris Johnson regime.
“Hopefully, Sadiq’s actions will help detoxify industrial relations at TfL.”
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