Dear Mr. Prime Minister, a Tube manager earns almost as much as you do

This news story will definitely make David Cameron question his career choices.

A London Underground manager earned almost as much money as the Prime Minister last year.

Through a freedom of information request, The Times has revealed that a control room manager earned a total pay package of £138,463 – this includes his £77,400 salary and £61,063 in payments for overtime. Our Prime Minister David Cameron earns £142,500.

The figures also revealed that Transport of London (TfL) paid a whopping £41m in overtime last year.

Richard Tracey, the Greater London Authority transport spokesman for the Conservatives, said: “It’s a bit hypocritical of union bosses to strike over pay disputes when staff are sneakily doubling their salaries through overtime.”

In a statement, TfL said: “The modernisation programme on the Tube increased in its scale during 2014-15, which needed some of our specialist engineers and highly skilled project staff to work overtime.

“We routinely review our use of overtime, keeping a close eye on the balance between overtime and normal hours working, to ensure we operate with value for money for fare and taxpayers.”

 

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Readers' comments (2)

  • To be fair, a Tube manager can't look forward to a series of paid directorships, speaking fees and an accompanying policeman for the rest of his life.

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  • Anonymous

    Is this one tube manager meant to give his time for free? Too much overtime is expected from so many businesses for nothing and this totally distorts the true cost of providing a service.

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