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Tube talks show London Underground bosses still plan job and pay cuts

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2410

London Underground bosses are reneging on promises to protect workers’ salaries and their location of work—part of a deal struck to call off Tube strikes in May.

The dispute is over bosses’ cuts plans that attack jobs and pay, and will see every Tube ticket office in London close. 

The RMT union says talks with bosses have revealed station staff are to undergo assessments to judge their “competence” for new posts.  

Workers will also have to accept “displacement” to different stations before their substantive salary is guaranteed. If they refuse they will be downgraded with only three years protected earnings.

Along with the insult of making workers re apply for their own job, some could lose up to £12,000 a year. This comes as new figures show Transport for London (TfL) and London Underground are paying more managers six-figure salaries than ever before.

Tory mayor Boris Johnson is at the heart of the plan to cut 17 percent of frontline posts. Managers are set to increase by 400 percent.

Stations will be left chronically understaffed even though passenger numbers are expected to rise 12 percent by 2020.


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Tue 1 Jul 2014, 18:12 BST
Issue No. 2410
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