Union warns against Network Rail redundancies

28 August 2009

ASLEF has expressed concern over plans by Network Rail to make up to 1800 staff redundant, amid fears that the cuts could endanger the travelling public.

The cuts are being made in response to demands by the Office of Rail Regulation that Network Rail reduce its costs by 21% over the next five years.

Earlier in the year Network Rail announced the deferral of important infrastructure works that would enhance both the safety and capacity of the rail network.

The reduction in Network Rail’s budget has also had a significant effect on Freight Operating Companies who had be contracted to deliver the work. These further job cuts will hinder the long term ability of the infrastructure company to develop a safe and efficient railway fit for 21st century Britain .

ASLEF’s General Secretary Keith Norman said ‘Investment in railway infrastructure is by nature a long term investment, skills lost now through redundancy will not only effect train services in the immediate future but also decades to come.’

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