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TfL denies union's job cuts warning

A public row broke out this week between Transport for London (TfL) and transport staff trade union TSSA over the extent of job losses at Tube Lines.

TfL has said up to 250 jobs could go at Tube Lines as it restructures the former Tube upgrade public private partnership contractor.

The union said that it had been told that in addition to 253 existing jobs being lost, a further 250 positions – comprising unfilled vacancies and temporary jobs – would be scrapped.

However, a spokesman from TfL said this was “nonsense”, adding: “The maximum reduction will be no more than around 250 posts, as they well know.”

A consultation has begun with staff and unions to improve efficiency at Tube Lines, which TfL bought in June. TfL said the jobs under threat will be managerial, clerical and professional roles, duplicated by TfL, and will come from Tube Lines’ total 2,300 staff.

Tube Lines new CEO Andie Harper said it would seek voluntary redundancies.

“The acquisition of Tube Lines has given TfL greater flexibility to manage the vital programme of Tube upgrades, saving millions of pounds for London’s fare and tax payers,” he added. “We are now beginning a consultation with staff and unions on the future shape of Tube Lines in the light of that acquisition.”

Under the PPP arrangement Tube Lines was responsible for the upgrade and maintenance of the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines. The general secretary of the RMT, Bob Crow, said the jobs announcement was a “bitter blow”.

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