Lots of righteous anger from Boris Johnson about the RMT's latest end-of-the-barrel pay demands.
Speaking about the planned two-day strike he said:
"The RMT leadership has failed to engage in any meaningful talks on pay, instead submitting a wildly unrealistic claim"
Telling the BBC that they
"should get a grip."
And take a one per cent rise.
Now I happen to agree with Boris here. We're in a recession and the last thing we should be doing is be giving out 5% pay rises.
So how exactly does he explain the following pay increases?
That's a 5 per cent increase. Or indeed this one:
That's a 12 per cent increase.
Now it is Conservative Party policy that 'public sector fat cats' should not earn more than £190k a year.
So when I asked Boris why he had personally signed-off Leo Boland's huge pay rise I was at least expecting a reply.
Here's what he told me:
"I won't talk about individual salaries"
Sounds like Bob Crow isn't the only one to shun those 'meaningful talks on pay.'
Bank note image by Beau Bo D'or