NETWORK RAIL cuts destroyed another 89 safety-critical jobs yesterday when engineering company Babcock Rail announced that it will close its Newport and Eastleigh depots.
Rail workers pledged a “full campaign of resistance” to save the jobs, which are on the chopping block as the infrastructure body slashes its work to renew Britain’s track.
The RMT union said that the loss of highly skilled engineers and Network Rail’s plan to run trains on older, less-safe track was “alarming and deplorable.”
And it slammed government hypocrisy, saying that ministers’ claims to be investing in railway improvements were “wholly false.”
And contractor Babcock’s decision was made “all the more galling” because its parent company Babcock International was raking it in. RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT opposes the Babcock proposal to cut safety-critical rail jobs and the union will fight these plans with every tool at our disposal and have begun preparations for an industrial action ballot if there is any attempt to impose compulsory redundancies.
“These latest proposals fit an overall pattern and is yet another consequence of Network Rail’s cuts in its planned renewals programme for the rest of the current financial period.”