13 October 2021
RMT Press Office:
“This proposed job loss scheme across the rail industry has not been agreed with the RMT"...
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
“This proposed job loss scheme across the rail industry has not been agreed with the RMT and we would call for it to be withdrawn before serious damage is done to industrial relations at this critical point as we emerge from the pandemic.
“It's crystal clear that cutting rail jobs will adversely impact on passenger service, safety and accessibility
“We are angry that these proposals have been bounced on us outside of the discussions we have been engaged in through the Rail Industry Recovery Group. That is a serious breach of trust.
“RMT's executive will consider our response but we have said from the off that we will not allow the COVID pandemic to be used as a cloak for a jobs massacre across the rail industry. These plans should be withdrawn to allow normal industrial relations and procedures to continue without this threat hanging over us.”