DB Schenker management have apparently announced depot closures and potential redundancies of 118 drivers and other staff.
This looks to have been precipitated by the sudden drop in business moving coal to the UK's many coal-fired power stations.
If there is less work, there should simply be more time off. Once again, we see the need to bring the railway back into public ownership - DBS workers should not be in a more precarious position than TOC employees just because of market forces. Is there no room for a fight to keep these workers in their jobs, keep the depots open and find other work for them?
There is limited information available on this at the time of going to press. It’s important that all grades stick together and unions don’t settle for deals with privilege one grade over another.
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