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Safety at risk over Tube job cuts at Canary Wharf, union warns

PUBLISHED: 13:06 15 November 2010 | UPDATED: 17:29 15 November 2010

Staff argue Tube safety at risk

Staff argue Tube safety at risk

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COMMUTERS to Canary Wharf will be more at risk in a terrorist attack if jobs are cut at its busy Tube station, a union has warned.

A quarter of station staff jobs are in the process of being axed at Canary Wharf Underground Station, leaving the financial district and its famous tower at One Canada Square under threat of terror, the RTM claims.

Staff are not being replaced as they leave and further jobs in ticket offices and on platforms will go.

The transport union has slammed the cuts as “gross negligence”, arguing staff are needed more as the country is in a period of heightened terror alert.

General secretary Bob Crow said: “The 7/7 inquiry has shown that those very same staff played a vital and heroic role in that emergency situation.

“Taking them out will clearly compromise the ability of the Underground to identify terrorist threats, safely evacuate stations and deal with the aftermath of any incident.”

The warning comes as the inquest into the 2005 terrorist attack goes on.

Seven died at Aldgate, among the 52 who lost their lives in the four blasts.

Union members went on strike earlier this month to protest against job cuts, arguing safety was at risk.

They are due to strike again on November 29.

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