A leading railway workers union warns of a nationwide strike over job cuts.
The Transport Salried Staffs Association (TSSA) said rail workers would have to lose their jobs this year as the cost of living crisis skyrocketed.
The union is calling for an extension of a dismissal protection contract to safeguard employment for those who wish to stay in the rail industry and warns that a national rail strike in 2022 “is very much in the fore”.
TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said: “Our union has made it crystal clear that any threat of layoffs will be countered with industrial action slips.
“We wrote to the railway bosses in November 2021, asking for an assurance that the industry-wide guideline would remain in force in 2022 without compulsory layoffs. Unfortunately, a new year has come and we are still waiting for the bosses to meet our union’s job security. ”Questions.
“We have been told that this will not be enough to meet the government’s target of $ 2 billion in cuts.
“Our members are facing not only a cost of living crisis but also a broken working relationship on our railways as the double threat of layoffs and declining living standards is great.
“We will of course try to coordinate all industrial action with our sister railway unions and any other workers struggling with the Tory cost of living crisis.
“A national rail strike in 2022 is very likely.”
A Rail Delivery Group spokesman said: “The UK’s rail and rail workers continue to play a vital role during the pandemic and we thank them for their tremendous contribution.
“Like any industry hit by the pandemic, we are facing major financial challenges – fare money has fallen 80% from over £ 10 billion to £ 2 billion, and the government will provide at least £ 24 billion by 2025.
“To rebuild a railroad that focuses on the needs of our changing passengers, the way the network operates must be changed and the rail network cannot take more than its fair share from the public purse.
“Railway companies want to work constructively with unions to ensure that the railroad is fit for years and decades to come, offers a truly improved passenger experience, and helps all parts of the country rebuild.”