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Union declares 'all-out fight' on London Midland cuts

Rail union leaders today announced an "all-out fight" against what they labelled "savage and disgraceful" cuts by train operator London Midland.

The RMT union said it would consider industrial action over plans to axe 150 posts, which it says would hit both gate and ticket staff.

A London Midland train travels through West Bromwich
A London Midland train travels through West Bromwich Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

Union acting general secretary Mick Cash said the proposals were a "kick in the teeth" for staff, and said the plans had "generated a wave of anger across all grades".

He added:

RMT will now look at an all-out campaign, up to and including the use of industrial action, to stop these cuts, lift the gun from our members’ heads and get proper and meaningful negotiations back on track.

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More than 100 job cuts at London Midland trains

One hundred and fifty jobs are being cut at train operator London Midland.

The job cuts will be management positions at head office in Birmingham Credit: PA

The firm announced today that the management positions will be lost, mainly from its head office in Birmingham as part of a restructure.

Bosses say passengers will not be affected by the changes. Rising costs are being blamed.

TRAINS: Delays on London Midlands services at Birmingham

London Midland train Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Passengers on London Midland services from Birmingham New Street are experiencing long delays tonight because of signalling problems.

A spokesman for London Midland said: "All services into and out of Birmingham New Street are subject to a delay. We are running a half-hourly service on the cross-city line as a result of the congestion."

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London Midland: Cancellations and changes to timetable

London Midland train Credit: Johnny Green/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Alterations to journey timetables are planned for routes including:

  • Coventry to Nuneaton

  • Liverpool Lime Street to Birmingham New Street / Crewe

  • Birmingham New Street to Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley

  • Wolverhampton to Birmingham New Street

  • Birmingham New Street to Worcester / Hereford

  • Stratford upon Avon/Leamington Spa to Stourbridge Junction/Worcester/Great Malvern (via Birmingham Snow Hill)

For full details see the London Midland site

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