Network Rail has announced plans to cut signallers from 6,000 to 2,000 over the next 30 years. NR plans to centralise signal-boxes, and to reduce ECRO centres from 13 to 2 and halve the number of Electrical Control Room Operators it employs.
The pretext for this is new technology. We welcome technological progress that makes our work easier, safer and more effective. But we do not have to accept that it has to lead to job cuts. Instead, new technology can be used to bring about improved services, reduced working hours and better conditions, without loss of jobs or pay.