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.
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".
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.
One hundred and fifty jobs are being cut at train operator London Midland.
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.
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."
London Midland services between Birmingham New Street and Redditch have been suspended due to problems with line side equipment at Kings Norton. Replacement buses are being arranged between Longbridge and Redditch.
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)
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The new timetable for London Midland trains can be viewed here.
Train drivers are continuously moving to companies who offer better conditions, according to Railfuture – an independent campaign for a better network, which is leaving London Midland short staffed.
Hundreds of trains have been cancelled since October, leading to London Midland issuing a new timetable to deal with a driver shortage.