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October 7, 2010    

400 more jobs to go at London Underground

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by Kay Murchie

London Underground (LU) has today announced it will axe a further 400 office and management jobs.

LU says it is reviewing all non-frontline services in a bid to cut costs.

The announcement comes after unions were enraged over the loss of 800 ticket office jobs, which has led to industrial action on the underground.

Two further strikes are planned for November over the 800 ticket office jobs.

Meanwhile, the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union described the latest job losses as “savagery”.

RMT General secretary, Bob Crow, said: “it underlines how right we are to challenge the job cuts.”

Defending the cuts, Mike Brown, managing director of LU, said: “London Underground is vital to London and the wider UK economy and we must have an organisation fit to deliver our priorities - excellent daily customer services and the delivery of the biggest Tube investment programme in our history.”

In a bid to resolve the dispute, conciliation service ACAS has invited LU, the RMT and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) to attend fresh talks next week.

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