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RMT TO FIGHT SHOCKING CUTS TO SAFETY-CRITICAL RAIL JOBS

12 July 2017

RMT Press Office

RMT TO FIGHT SHOCKING CUTS TO SAFETY-CRITICAL RAIL JOBS IN NEWPORT AND EASTLEIGH

Rail union RMT confirmed today that it is mobilising a full campaign of resistance after the shock announcement by Babcock Rail of its intention to cut 89 jobs, including the total closure of its Newport and Eastleigh depots
RMT says that this alarming and deplorable proposal is yet another 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 false.

The announcement by Babcock is all the more galling considering the strong financial performance of the parent group Babcock International.


RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:


“RMT opposes the Babcock proposal to cut safety-critical rail jobs and the union will fight these plans with every tool at our disposal and have begun preparations for an industrial action ballot if there is any attempt to impose compulsory redundancies. The union is also mobilising a political campaign targeting MP’s, MA’s and Councillors.

“These latest proposals fit an overall pattern and is yet another consequence of Network Rail’s cuts in its planned renewals programme for the rest of the current financial period.

“The planned 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 false.

“RMT is demanding urgent talks with all parties involved to protect rail safety and the jobs of our members that deliver it.”

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