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London Underground cuts are ‘tip of an iceberg’

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 2193

London Underground bosses plan to slash 800 jobs from ticket offices and among platform staff. This will have a severe impact on services and safety.

But the RMT transport union is opposing the plans and is launching an “all out fight over the threat to safety, jobs and working conditions”.

A leaked document, obtained by the RMT and reported in Socialist Worker, recently revealed that bosses want to sack hundreds of other workers. Management, led by Tory mayor Boris Johnson, want to make £5 billion worth of cuts.

So the plan is just the “tip of an iceberg”, as the latest poster by the Across The Tracks rank and file group makes clear.

The RMT has given crisis-ridden contractor Tube Lines until this Thursday to give assurances about job losses.

It is worried that the company’s row with Johnson over funding may impact on jobs, safety and working conditions.

Tube Lines is responsible for maintaining the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.

Many believe it could go down the same route as the Metronet consortium that was responsible for maintaining the rest of the lines – it went bust costing the taxpayer millions.

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, said, “The RMT will mobilise a public and political campaign, including a ballot for industrial action if need be, to stop these lethal attacks on jobs and tube safety.

“We have also written to Tube Lines.

“Essential tube works, and the jobs and conditions our members, should not end up as the collateral damage in the war over the failed tube priva tisation experiment.”


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Tue 16 Mar 2010, 19:38 GMT
Issue No. 2193
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