1 April 2014
RAIL UNION RMT today pledged an all-out fight, including the use of industrial action if required, to halt savage job cuts at London Midland which would axe 150 key posts and decimate gateline staffing numbers.
In a cynical attempt to mislead the public London Midland have claimed in recent statements that the changes will not affect “frontline” staff – a claim that RMT has today demolished as a total pack of lies as the cuts would rip the revenue, gateline and ticketing staffing levels to shreds.
In a meeting on Friday, RMT reps were finally presented with a précis of the proposals – despite the fact that the company had already been spinning them to the media in a flagrant breach of normal consultation and negotiation procedures.
The company plan offers no explanation for their cuts proposals leaving the union to conclude that they are solely about implementation of the Government’s McNulty Rail Review - hacking back staff, quality of service and safety in the interests of private profit.
A report on the London Midland cuts proposals, along with recommendations to stop them in their tracks, will be presented to RMT’s executive by Midlands Organiser Ken Usher.
RMT Acting General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“It is disgraceful that this cuts bombshell was dropped on staff by London Midland through the media – staff have been sent threatening letters telling them that their jobs and livelihoods are on the block without any explanation as to why.
“The cynical attempt to claim that the 150 jobs threatened are not important is a kick in the teeth for staff who make London Midland tick – the plans have generated a wave of anger across all grades.
“RMT will now look at an all-out campaign, up to and including the use of industrial action, to stop these cuts, lift the gun from our members’ heads and get proper and meaningful negotiations back on track.”