TSSA threatens dispute over Network Rail job cuts

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TSSA has today hit out at Network Rail as the company announced a further 900 job losses and refuses to rule out compulsory redundancies. TSSA warns that any attempt to use compulsory redundancies “will result in a dispute” and says that passengers are “paying more for less” as fares rise and services are cut.

Network Rail (NR) are now looking to cut more than 900 jobs within their management grade population after over 1,000 were allowed to leave under voluntary severance. Several hundred applications for voluntary severance among these grades were rejected by the company.

TSSA leader Manuel Cortes said: "Tory cuts are bulldozing our rail industry. Their so-called levelling up is a fallacy.

"We have a crystal clear message for NR and the Tories: our union will not tolerate the use of compulsory redundancies. Any attempt to use them will result in a dispute.

"If NR at the behest of Tory ministers is looking to cut even more jobs, those who had already volunteered for voluntary severance but were rejected must be allowed to go. 

“Sadly, the message for passengers is you are paying more for less, with a hike in fares in March in return for fewer train services. And don't be fooled by the Management Grade title of the jobs NR want to cut. These staff are predominantly professional and technical staff who ensure the safe running of our railways."

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