London Underground to shed 1 000 jobs

London Underground is to axe 1,000 jobs this year, affecting non-operational areas including finance and administration, the company has announced.

The firm said no Tube drivers or front-line staff would be affected by the job losses, which it would seek to achieve through leaving vacancies unfilled and cutting temporary posts. It would try to avoid redundancies.

Union leaders described the announcement as a "body blow" and said the cuts were bound to affect services.

A TfL spokesman said: "Discussions with unions about London Underground's operating cost review have started. Front line operations, including train, station and maintenance staff are not part of the review and will be unaffected by any change.

"The underlying purpose of the review is to ensure that we have an organisation fit for purpose and designed to deliver the massive programme of change and improvement that we have embarked upon.

Jobs set to be affected include those in finance, IT, procurement, human resources, legal and administration. LU employs about 20,000 staff, including 7,000 former Metronet employees.

Gerry Doherty, leader of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, said: "This is a real body blow for staff and the London travelling public."

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