9 November 2017
RMT Press Office:
TUBE UNION RMT revealed today that reported incidences of theft on the Tube have increased by a staggering 23% in the past year - just as TFL bosses announced plans to axe 1400 staff in the first trance of a massive £5 billion cuts programme.
Specifically, there were 1,387 reported incidences of theft on London Underground in the second quarter of 2017-18, compared to 1,126 reported incidences in the second quarter of 2016-17.
Reported incidences of serious public order on the Tube have also increased by an even more shocking 230% over 12 months.
Specifically, there were 768 reported incidences of serious public order on London Underground in the second quarter of 2017-18, compared to 233 reported incidences in the second quarter of 2016-17.
Mick Cash, General Secretary of the RMT said;
"These are truly shocking figures. RMT has warned for years that cuts to staff would turn London Underground into a thugs and criminals paradise and our warnings have now come home to roost with a vengeance.
“Rather than TfL planning for a further 1,400 job cuts in the next tranche of planned reductions passengers need more staff acting as a deterrent and to be on hand to help co-ordinate our response to crime on London’s transport network. The job cuts on London Underground must be halted and reversed. ”