Union says cuts are to blame for rise in accidents

Tube trainThe RMT is to step up the independent monitoring of crowding and safety on both rail and tube after a child fell between a train and the platform at Baker Street yesterday afternoon in the latest shocking incident that raises serious questions about the safety of passengers while top transport bosses repeatedly ignore union warnings.

Yesterday’s incident at Baker Street follows the horrific events at Clapham South last week when a woman was dragged under a train, the continuing chaos at London Bridge and major incidents at Oxford Circus and Brixton.

The RMT will obtain and release internal reports, pictures and video as the union increases the pressure in its campaign for more capacity and an end to the cuts to jobs.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “This is a shocking incident and RMT is awaiting the outcome of the investigations by the ORR. However, once again RMT warned that there were dangerous gaps between the platforms and the trains with this rolling stock. This appalling sequence of events exposes the lethal nonsense of cutting station staff on the underground network.

“‎The voices and the warnings of staff on both rail and tube are being ignored by senior  managers who we believe are engaged in an orchestrated and politically motivated cover up of the risks and the facts in pursuit of a cuts agenda.  That dangerous ignorance has to stop before we have a major disaster on our hands.

“We have seen too often what happens when officials, politicians and authorities conspire to ignore whistle blowers and cover up the truth. RMT will fight to stop that scenario developing any further in our transport services and will step up the pressure through our own independent monitoring. “


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