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TSSA Say Sadiq Should Suspend Night Tube rather than implement job cuts.

10 November 2017

Responding to news that Transport for London proposes to axe at least 400 more jobs, TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, is calling on Mayor Sadiq Khan to intervene and immediately pause the reorganisation process so a solution to the TfL and London Underground funding crisis, other than job-shedding, can be found.

 Responding to news that Transport for London proposes to axe at least400 more jobs, TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, is calling on Mayor Sadiq Khan to intervene and immediately pause the reorganisation process so a solution to the TfL and London Underground funding crisis, other than job-shedding, can be found.

TfL axed than 800 jobs last year at a cost of almost £50 million in severance payments and hundreds more TfL posts are currently vacant and todays news means key TfL/London Underground functions such as Engineering and Health and Safety now face staff cuts of up to 20%.

Said Cortes,"The safety and the efficiency of London's entire transport network simply cannot sustain this level of jobs losses. It will cause breakdown in communication at every level of the organisation. They are proposing to cut the Health and Safety budget by £3million a year and specially designated staff by 10pc. This is not compatible in with keeping our transport network across the capital safe.Sadiq cannot stand by and let this travesty happen on Labour's watch nor in the name of Londoners.

"Resolving the funding crisis that George Osborne dumped on Transport for London when, as Chancellor, he abolished the central government operating subsidy to TfL two years ago should not be taken out on TfL and London Underground staff.

"Proposals of job losses on this scale were coming down the line under Boris. I regret that Labour has not done more to resist the Tory thinking in TfL that believes it has to manage Tory cuts.

"To maintain London passengers faith in his Labour mayoralty, Sadiq must intervene immediately and pause these cuts to enable unions to consult properly, collaboratively and transparently on the future direction of Transport for London.

"Labour's John McDonnell has pledged to reverse the devastating Osborne cuts when he becomes Chancellor. So this is no time for Sadiq to let TfL and LUL staff go. If money must be found in the interim period whilst we await a Labour government, then suspend the night tube, it's a great idea but, as I have warned publicly and privately, the Tories never put the money into fund it.

"And it must be remembered that cutting jobs is not a short-term money saving exercise. TfL have paid out £50 million on voluntary severance payments in the last year alone. If that market rate is applied to the level of job losses they are looking for today, then they are going to have to find another £100 million to pay people to leave.

"Disgracefully£8million has been paid out in Voluntary Severance payments to 49 directors netting them a fat cat golden goodbye averaging

."Let's keep the staff we've got, let's try and fill the 1000 job vacancies across the transport network and let's fight for a Labour government who will restore proper funding solutions to Transport for London and enable London's transport network to work for the many not the few."

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