Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

RMT wants to strike too?

Does the RMT want to strike too?

Both leading political parties talk about cost cutting and job losses - to try to balance the books. There are, apparently, to be job losses, or re-deployment, in London Underground and naturally the unions don't like it.

This is what London Underground said last week on 11th March
London Underground (LU) is to axe up to 800 jobs under plans to make savings of £16m a year, the company has announced.

Tube officials said the cuts would include 100 managers, 450 ticket office posts and up to 200 other jobs.

LU said it had completely ruled out compulsory redundancies and would look at re-deploying staff.
The reason for cutting the tickets office posts is because
there had been a "sharp decline" in tickets sold at station ticket offices in recent years, with just one in 20 Tube journeys starting with a ticket office transaction.

RMT's response 15th March, although it doesn't seem to be talking about quite the same thing
The Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has given maintenance firm Tube Lines until Thursday to offer guarantees about no job cuts.

The union wants assurances that a funding row over the cost of upgrading the Tube will not impact on jobs, safety and working conditions.
It would be interesting to learn how RMT thinks LU is meant to cut costs without reducing staffing. Do they suggest running fewer of those expensive trains, which would mean less income from fares - but the same wages bill?

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