Transport for London to slash 1,400 jobs

Published on : Wednesday, November 8, 2017

 

tflAs per the unions, Transport for London (TfL) in order to save £5.5bn by 2021 will be cutting 1,400 jobs.

 

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said that the cuts will be affecting engineering and parts of London Underground (LU).

 

The figure was revealed at a meeting on Tuesday, however TfL failed to recognize RMT’s number.

 

 

TfL said that during the next couple of months, they will be working on further plans in a number of other managerial, support and other non-front-line areas across TfL and the London Undergroud(LU). Safety will remain a high priority.

 

On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the King’s Cross fire that lead to the death of 31 people, RMT criticized the move.

 

Transport for London was tagged as ‘flabby’ during mayor Sadiq Khan’s election campaign.It could further cope with the fare freeze that reduced its income. The engineering functions could be merged to save money.

 

There had been trawls for redundancies, till now firty-nine manager had left and savings were made in duplication and agency staff.

 

Mick Cash, the RMT general secretary said as a part of Mayor’s effort to cut down the spending by £5.5bn by 2021 they were told that the company wants to cut down up to 1,400 jobs in engineering in Tfl and other areas of LU.

 

However, RMT demanded that no cuts should occur closer to the King’ Cross fire anniversary.The Mayor must support Tfl and ask for the restoration of the full capital grant and proper central government funding for the Tube.

 

Tfl mentioned that it was incorporating the largest ever overhaul of their organsiations to provide an efficient and cost effective transport services for the Londoners. They had already cut down the management layers and bureaucracy and merged functions. This will eliminate areas of duplication and dependency on expensive agency staff.

 

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