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Rail job losses hammer blow - union

Monday April 11th 2011

New job losses among rail contract workers are a "hammer blow" to the industry, according to union leaders.

The Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said it was told Thales will lose 80 jobs. The RMT said this means around 220 staff are at risk in depots at London Waterloo, Cheadle, Crawley, York, Ashford, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The RMT said Thales blamed "business challenges" and a cut in orders for the axing of the jobs.

General secretary Bob Crow said: "This latest hammer blow to the UK rail industry, adding to hundreds of jobs that have already been lost, makes a mockery of the Government's claims to be investing in our railways.

"These are skilled workers who face the prospect of being dumped on the dole because of the shambolic and disjointed management of the UK's rail infrastructure. RMT will be doing everything that we can to protect our members' interests and their livelihoods but we have no doubt that many more rail workers' jobs remain under threat as cuts to budgets start to bite.

"These cuts will mean that essential works at the heart of delivering a safe railway are shelved or scrapped, with potentially dire consequences for the travelling public."

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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