Rail unions will call on the government today to stop operators cutting jobs.
The RMT union will meet transport minister Geoff Hoon to urge an industry-wide moratorium on job losses and to put a stop to paying shareholders dividends, to avert an industry crisis which will limit the ability to provide services.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “It is critical for the future of the rail industry that the government intervenes now to stop the jobs massacre.”
He added: “Thousands of rail worker jobs are on the line and up to a third of this year’s essential renewals programme [for building new tracks] is being deferred.”
Train operating companies would be looking to make more redundancies as the recession continues to bite, Crow warned.