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Job cuts at DB Schenker

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The UK's biggest rail logistics firm, DB Schenker, wants to make two hundred and thirty-four job cuts, which may affect workers in Cumbria.

The firm has confirmed that it needs to save money because there is less demand for coal to be carried across the rail network.

It says it's currently in consultation with its colleagues and Trades Union partners to discuss the proposed business changes.

Responsible businesses take decisions to positively position themselves for the future.

"We must transform and reshape our organisation to ensure our long term success by evolving to meet the needs of a rapidly changing market.

“I know this is an unsettling time for colleagues who may be affected and we are committed to keeping them fully informed and supported throughout this process.”

– Geoff Spencer, CEO of DB Schenker Rail UK

Bosses at the RMT union say this is likely to result in job losses at the firm's depot in Carlisle.

"The union is aware that this announcement may be the tip of the iceberg in the rail freight industry and the union will fight to defend these green jobs and to hold the government to their pledges on rail freight as a logical green option. "

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary