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TfL Business Plan reductions "extremely concerning" - Cortes

11 December 2018

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has described as "extremely concerning" proposals in a newly published TfL business plan to cut back office functions by 30 per cent.

"The proposals for the period 2019 through to the end of the financial year in 2024 cover transport strategy in the context of the loss of a £700m government grant, and the delay to completing Crossrail.

Commenting, Manuel Cortes said: “This is extremely concerning for our union. The effects of the proposed 30 per cent cut in back office costs is likely to lead to significant job losses for our members.

“Be in no doubt, this is not something we will take lying down and as things stand industrial action looks inevitable.

“The truth is Boris Johnson and George Osborne have combined to deprive London of an operating grant for its public transport network. That is a truly shameful act which leaves London standing alone as the only major capital to run its public transport without a subsidy.

“Now ordinary working people, some of whom are the lowest paid within TfL, are expected to pay with their livelihoods for this act of vandalism, and that is a sickening prospect.”

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