Hundreds of London Underground workers face axe

PUBLISHED: 16:51 07 October 2010

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HUNDREDS of Tube workers now face the axe under tough cost-cutting measures announced this week.

HUNDREDS of Tube workers now face the axe under tough cost-cutting measures announced this week.

Up to 800 jobs are now on the line with Transport for London (TfL) reviewing all non-frontline services.

Around 400 permanent employees in back-office roles will face the chop, with a similar number of vacant and non-permanent staff positions affected.

London Underground said frontline roles, such as train operators, station and management staff, would not be targeted.

Non Crow, general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, slammed the cuts as “savagery.”

He said: “It seems that Mayor Johnson is even intent sacking some of the managers who have helped him to try to break our strikes.

“We have said from the start that the 800 jobs cuts previously announced were the thin end of the wedge, and once more we have proved to be right.

“We now have 1,600 jobs under threat even before the government’s spending review, and London Underground has made it clear that even more will be in the firing line when Peter Hendy’s Project Horizon review is published next year.”

Mike Brown, Managing Director of London Underground, said: “Like all organisations we continue to face financial pressures and have a duty to be as effective and efficient as we can be. London Underground is vital to London and the wider UK economy and we must have an organisation fit to deliver our priorities – excellent daily customer services and the delivery of the biggest Tube Investment Programme in our history.

“We have committed to carrying out these changes as soon as possible to reduce uncertainty for those affected.”

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