Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 4 November 2020

Transport for London given six-month funding stop gap - but fight against cuts continues

  (Click to enlarge)

Jared Wood, RMT national executive committee - London Transport Representative (personal capacity)

The mayor of London and the Department for Transport (DfT) have come to an agreement on a six-month funding deal for Transport for London (TfL), that will keep public transport running in London until April 2021.

The DfT has dropped demands to extend the London congestion zone, while freedom passes for over-60s, and free travel for under-18s will now have to be funded from the Greater London Authority's (GLA) budget, and not from any government support. However, the DfT backed away from threats to force TfL to withdraw these concessions.

It is clear that a weak government facing crises on all sides, and potential splits within the Tory party, did not feel confident to impose an agreement on the GLA at this time. Similarly, the preparedness of both the RMT and Aslef trade unions to fight austerity has forced TfL bosses to promise that the six-month funding deal will not lead to any job losses or detriment to workers' pay, terms or conditions.

But hidden in the text of the deal is agreement from TfL to become fully self-financed, with no government grant at all, by April 2023. As part of achieving this, TfL has had to agree to continue to implement an existing cuts programme that seeks to make 'savings' of 722 million over the five-year business period from 2018-2023. As if that is not enough, the short-term deal demands an additional 160 million of cuts to be made by next April.


A guarantee of no attacks on workers up to April 2021 is better than no guarantee, but it leaves many questions that members will demand answers to. In particular, what happens when another 300 million of cuts have to be made over the following two years to April 2023?

With a triennial actuarial review of the TfL pension fund also due in March 2021, it is clear that RMT and all tube unions must be ready to defend jobs and conditions. With discussion due to start imminently about how to achieve self-financing this battle could break out at any time. Many reps and activists are already saying that we must not allow an incremental implementation of cuts, but that we need to fight back immediately to demand full government funding.

Tube workers have delivered massive productivity gains over the past decade, and we will not accept pay cuts and job losses now. Our message must be that the government was able to bail out the banks and super-rich elite after the 2008 banking crisis. They must support workers and public services now. No job cuts, no detriment to pay, terms or conditions. Nothing else is acceptable.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation


Your message: 


In The Socialist 4 November 2020:

What we think

Our lives, our jobs - not safe in Tory hands

Corbyn suspended - Time to fight for a new mass workers' party

Socialism 2020: Mass workers' voice needed


Why the Socialist Party is backing Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary


A lockdown that doesn't include education?

Spycops inquiry finally opens

Testing is failing - it's a privatised mess

Furloughed worker speaks out: Let down by insecure contracts


Transport for London given funding stop gap

Usdaw needs a fighting leadership

Birmingham NHS porters' 48-hour strike against shift changes

Optare strikers escalate their action

International news

Chile: A defeat for the right!

Poland: Mass protests against abortion ban

US presidential election 2020


Save St Andrews mental health ward

Leeds protesters demand "Buhari must go!"

Building Bangor Socialist Students

Maybe now they will listen - Refund the fees!

Donate now to the Socialism 2020 appeal

Corbyn suspended: Join the fightback, join the socialists

Readers' opinion

The Socialist Inbox


Home   |   The Socialist 4 November 2020   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook

Related links:


triangleEast London Socialist Party: A fighting programme for women's rights and socialism

triangleLondon bus dispute against low pay, pay cuts and longer hours

triangleWest London Socialist Party: The fight for women's health to be a trade union issue

triangleWest London Socialist Party: Dialectical materialism - a theory of change

triangleWest London Socialist Party: Aids, section 28 and equal marriage - lessons for the fight for LGBTQ+ rights today


triangleMay elections: Tories and Labour's Khan both vying to slash public services

triangleRMT union AGM votes to defend union democracy

triangleMayor and government compete to attack London transport: fight for no cuts!


triangleTories tout toilet tensions

triangleSave John Carroll Leisure Centre

triangleLiverpool Unite branch supports 'no cuts' budget strategy


triangleFacebook v Australian government: nationalise the bosses' media!

triangleTories admit guilt for asylum seeker neglect


triangleOnline workers' rally: Taking fight to the bosses

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



Getting the Socialist out in lockdown



President of 'big four' Labour-affiliated trade union joins TUSC committee


South Wales

Justice for Moyied Bashir



Tories admit guilt for asylum seeker neglect



London bus dispute against low pay, pay cuts and longer hours


HM Revenue and Customs

HMRC: Divisive pay deal leads to expulsions


Socialist Students

Socialist Students conference - postering



W. Sussex children's centres on the chopping block


British Gas

GMB members continue fight against 'fire and rehire' in British Gas



Liverpool Unite branch supports 'no cuts' budget strategy



Scottish TUSC election campaign launch



Coventry success building subscriptions



Save John Carroll Leisure Centre



Keep the fighting fund rushing in for a TUSC stand in May



Tories target universities in free speech shakedown

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041



Alphabetical listing

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021