25 May 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT pledges to fight cuts to safety-critical renewals work by Network Rail contractor Carillion.
RAIL UNION RMT today pledged to fight planned cuts to renewals work for Network Rail by contractor Carillion which the union says present a direct threat to both jobs and safety.
RMT has been presented with a consultation document from Carillion this week. The consultation document indicates possible job cuts and redundancies.
RMT is clear that this alarming and deplorable proposal is a consequence of Network Rail’s cuts in its planned renewals programme for the rest of the current Control Period. These cuts to renewals will mean the loss of skilled railway engineers’ jobs and trains running on older, less safe, track. They expose the nonsense of the government’s approach to railway funding and they show that the government’s claim to be investing in rail improvement and delivery is wholly bogus.
A meeting of RMT’s executive has made it clear that the union opposes the proposal to cut jobs and any threat of compulsory redundancies and will be fought vigorously. Any attempt by Carillion to impose compulsory redundancies will lead to a dispute situation with the company and RMT is also wholly opposed to the jobs of permanent staff going while the company is using agency labour.
Formal consultation on the cuts plans commences tomorrow, Friday 26th May.
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said:
“The Government and Network Rail have a duty to ensure that our railway is maintained and renewed to the modern and safe standard that the public and our economy needs and deserve.
“The announcement of cutbacks affecting Carillion and other infrastructure companies are a sure sign of cash and job cuts that will put at risk skilled jobs and also the modern, safe rail infrastructure we desperately need.
“RMT will not stand by and watch these jobs vanish and will campaign all the way politically and industrially to protect them.”