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Blair's Britain

Issue No. 1711

TUBE privatisation will threaten safety, says a private letter from the government's chief rail inspector.

Stanley Hart writes in a memo to London Underground bosses that 'potentially serious consequences' have been uncovered in New Labour's plans to bring in private companies.

London mayor Ken Livingstone said the letter 'highlights the risk of a Paddington-style crash underground. The partial sell-off is a threat to the lives of Londoners.'

A NEW law will allow employers to read e-mails and listen to phone messages for their workers.

Ministers had planned to restrict companies monitoring their employees. But New Labour gave in after managers complained that such limitations would hinder their operations.

The TUC says that it is 'alarmed at the potential abuse of privacy'.

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Sat 26 Aug 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1711
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