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Network Rail says job cut rumours are "scaremongering nonsense"

Network Rail has accused the RMT union of “spouting typical scaremongering nonsense” over claims that the rail operator is to cut a further 749 jobs from its maintenance workforce.

Two weeks ago Network Rail announced that it was consulting with unions over reducing its maintenance workforce by 1,800.

The RMT said that it had received new figures showing that 1816 direct employees are under threat and in addition 733 sub contractors’ posts have now been added to the job cuts package.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “These shocking figures now expose the full extent of the jobs massacre that’s being planned by Network Rail and would leave essential maintenance works cut to ribbons with potentially lethal consequences for the travelling public.

In a statement Network Rail responded by saying that proposed number of jobs to be cut remained at 1,800.

It said: “There are no further job cuts in this area planned, the numbers suggested by the union are wrong. Safety would never be compromised as Network Rail’s number one job is to provide a safe, reliable and punctual railway.The RMT is spouting its usually typical scaremongering nonsense.”