Labour Research January 2016

Station job cuts

The RMT rail union demanded a moratorium on station job cuts at London Underground (LU) as it revealed that east London’s Leytonstone station, the scene of a recent horrific knife attack, will lose half its rush hour staff next month. Overall, over 800 front-line, posts are due to be cut from the network.

General secretary Miick Cash said the union was demanding that LU immediately halt the cuts programme and send “a clear signal that they are genuinely facing up to the current security threat that faces passengers and staff alike”.

The union also repeated its call for a transport safety summit in London to discuss staffing, capacity and safety issues. This followed new figures showing record passenger numbers and 112 station closures over the past year due to severe overcrowding at Oxford Circus station alone.