30 June 2015
RMT Press Office
A week before the 10th anniversary of the London 7/7 terror attacks transport union RMT has warned of "dangerous complacency" on the part of tube bosses who appear to make no connection at all between incident response times and staffing numbers on stations and platforms.
The union is also pointing out that those London Underground staff who were hailed as heroes ten years ago, as they risked their own lives to evacuate stations and get help to the wounded, are the very same staff who now see their futures and livelihoods on the line and who are being forced to reapply for their own jobs as nearly 900 station staff posts face the axe through cash-led cuts.
In the ten years since the 7/7 attacks tube passenger numbers have soared and overcrowding is rife across the network, compromising rapid response times and making a nonsense of the on-going cuts to station and platform staffing.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“As we prepare to mark the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 attacks next week, RMT is reminding the travelling public that security goes hand in hand with having adequate numbers of safety-critical staff and it is frankly appalling that those same station and platform staff who were hailed as heroes on that horrific day are having their numbers slashed.
“It appears from their statements that London Underground’s senior managers, and the Mayor himself, make no connection at all between incident response times and staff numbers. That is a dangerously complacent position to adopt and flies in the face of the facts.
“The bravery of the fire fighters, ambulance staff and other public servants, working alongside our members on the day of the 7/7 bombings, must never be forgotten. Every single last one of them is a hero and they shouldn’t be facing these constant threats to their livelihoods, and the services that they provide, a decade on.”