03 February 2009 | Jake Kanter
Purchasers at Transport for London (TfL) will lose their jobs as the organisation makes 1,000 back office staff redundant.
The capital's public transport operator, which employs around 20,000 people, confirmed to supplymanagement.com it would axe employees in areas including procurement, IT and finance in a bid to reduce costs.
A spokesman said: "Discussion with unions about London Underground's operating cost review started on 29 January. Frontline operations including train, station and maintenance staff are not part of the review and will be unaffected by any changes.
"While there are many details to work through we estimate there will be a reduction of about 1,000 posts. Our priority is to seek to avoid redundancies by looking at temporary posts and by not filling current vacancies."
The spokesman would not confirm the number of buyers threatened by the cost-cutting plan.
Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport Workers Union, threatened strike action if the cuts hit frontline staff. "We make it clear that any attempt to impose compulsory redundancies among our members or to undermine their terms and conditions will be met with a ballot for industrial action."