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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tube workers protest over job cuts

If you're at St James's Park London Underground station today, look out for a number of members of the RMT and TSSA who will be handing out leaflets about the
redundancies which TfL announced last week.

Tube Cuts 1,000 Jobs

Although London Underground say that the loss of 1,000 jobs will not make any difference to the service, the unions don't believe this. They're also demanding that their employers "come clean" about the number of job losses.

The "noisy and colourful" protest will start at 8am today. RMT leader Bob Crow said "It is scandalous that loyal Tube workers doing their best to provide a service to the public should have to pay with their jobs for a financial crisis that is none of their making"

"There is no way that job losses on the scale planned by TfL can be implemented without affecting services, and it is sheer nonsense to suggest that there are hoards of superfluous workers that can be weeded out.

"We have made it quite clear that any attempt to impose compulsory redundancies among our members or to undermine their terms and conditions will be met with a ballot for industrial action"

Some Tube staff made comments in my post on the announcement of the redundancies, saying that they wouldn't be prepared to strike because of this and that the losses were only from duplicated jobs as a result of the London Underground & Metronet merger. I wonder if today's protests will make any difference.

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