輸送のボスが脱落する計画を概説した後、ロンドンはさらなる地下鉄のストライキに見舞われる可能性があります 600 首都の財政に対するパンデミックの影響と戦うための投稿.
ロンドン交通局 (TfL) is poised to impose a recruitment freeze on customer services jobs, with about 250 currently unfilled and further 350 posts to go as and when staff leave.
The RMT union said it would ballot its London members for industrial action to stop what it called a “cynically engineered crisis”, while the TSSA union said the timing before Christmas was “shameful”.
Strikes have already been called in response to changes over working conditions around the night tube, with RMT members on affected lines walking out at weekend evenings until Christmas, and a 24-hour strike scheduled for 18 12月.
More widespread action is now likely, with the RMT fearing the plan to axe 600 posts is the start of further cuts, with the government imposing stringent conditions on the funds it has given to London.
The RMT general secretary, Mick Lynch, said TfL’s crisis had “been deliberately engineered by the government to drive a cuts agenda which would savage jobs, services, safety and threaten the working conditions and pensions of our members … The politicians need to wake up to the fact that transport staff will not pay the price for this cynically engineered crisis.”
Lorraine Ward, the TSSA’s organising director, said the union would fight job losses: “We need to encourage more people on to public transport, but cutting station staff will damage that effort. Staff are already fearful for their futures and the way that London Underground has snuck this out just weeks before Christmas is shameful.
London has appealed to central government for more emergency funding to cover the shortfall in revenue, with billions lost in tube fares since passengers were told to avoid public transport at the start of the pandemic.
Talks have started between TfL and the government before an 11 December deadline, when the current deal runs out. TfL is looking for a further £1.7bn in funding until April 2023, but even under the existing settlement it has committed to reduce expenditure.
The transport commissioner, Andy Byford, has warned that without support London faces a “bleak future” of managed decline, while the city’s mayor, サディク・カーン, has said there would be “no choice but to make significant cuts to services just as demand is growing again”.
A government spokesperson said: “We will continue to discuss any further funding requirements with TfL and the mayor, and any support provided will focus on getting TfL back on to a sustainable financial footing in a way that is fair to taxpayers across the country.”