Rail union the RMT has pledged to fight plans to cut 1600 jobs in Glasgow by Babcock Rail.
Network Rail’s plans to defer track renewal work has prompted the proposed cuts, with up to one-third of renewal work being pushed-back.
Babcock yesterday confirmed they are: “Currently reviewing options for the division,” as it was expected to be close to break-even this year, following a £4.7M loss last year.
RMT warned that the job loss programme has already begun with over 260 jobs being axed in recent months.
The union has also pointed to the impact of the cancellation of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link by the SNP administration in Scotland and a new wave of maintenance cutbacks being driven through by Network Rail.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow, said “With today’s unemployment figures showing a continuing rise the threat to 1600 engineering jobs at Babcock Rail is another massive potential body blow to UK industry.
“We need urgent government intervention to protect what’s left of our industrial production capacity at companies like Babcock Rail and with the planned expansion and modernisation of the rail network the threat that any of these 1600 workers could end up thrown on the dole is madness.”