ASLEF backs SEKO

20 June 2014

Through aggressive underbidding, Veolia has won the tender for train operations between Denmark and Sweden, crossing the Oresund bridge. The price for this underbidding is to be paid by the employees, particularly train drivers. The company is proposing lay-offs of the permanent employed workforce with a new 'offer' to re-engage them on zero hours contracts. Currently the company employs 211 train drivers. The impact of the new proposals will mean that only 107 will be employed on a permanent basis, 67 will be on zero hours contracts and the remaining 37will be made redundant. 'It highlights, yet again, the deleterious impact of privatisation on rail workers,' said ASLEF national organiser Simon Weller.

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