Union warning over train job losses

DIRTY trains and unstaffed stations will be the result of cutting hundreds of jobs at train company, National Express East Anglia a union has claimed.

DIRTY trains and unstaffed stations will be the result of cutting hundreds of jobs at train company, National Express East Anglia a union has claimed.

The Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has criticised the company for proposing to axe 300 jobs.

Officials also warned there was plans to cut the number of cleaners, which they say would lead to dirty trains.

The RMT will launch a postcard campaign early in the New Year and will work with passenger and MPs to try to save the threatened jobs.

General secretary Bob Crow said: “In two days' time National Express will increase fares by six per cent on East Anglia trains, despite the group raking in huge profits and handing shareholders £40 million in dividends in the first half of this year alone.

"For a company that promised to enhance passenger service when it took on the franchise that is unacceptable, and we hope that passengers will join us in telling National Express that their rail services are more important than its shareholders' bank balances.'

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A National Express East Anglia spokesman said: “As any sensible business does, we are continually reviewing the structure of the business. We are undertaking this review to give greater focus on customer service and operational delivery. The proposals are currently being shaped through consultation with our people and the trade unions.”