EFFORTS are under way to rescue hundreds of jobs in Yorkshire which were lost with the collapse of rail maintenance firm Jarvis.
Officials at the Rail Maritime and Transport union and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association said they had been told by the Government that Network Rail had agreed to re-allocate Jarvis work in the next few days – offering the prospect that workers will be re-hired.
The redundancies hit staff at the head office in York and in Doncaster and Leeds.
Workers in Glasgow, Newcastle and Peterborough were also affected.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow and Manuel Cortes, deputy leader of the TSSA, will meet Babcock Rail, the likely new contractor, on Monday.
They said they were seeking an urgent meeting with NR to win assurances that sacked Jarvis staff will be rehired on their old terms and conditions.
Mr Crow said: “It is quite clear that 1,200 frontline rail maintenance staff did not suddenly become redundant overnight when the company collapsed and it is imperative that Network Rail is not allowed to use the crisis to drive down costs at the expense of our members’ safety and conditions.
“We now need to make sure that justice is done and all Jarvis workers are transferred under their old terms and conditions.
“We do not want to see then exploited and endangered, working longer hours for less money under worse conditions.”
Administrators Deloitte announced the job cuts last month, saying that in the absence of further funding it was not possible to continue operating parts of the Jarvis group.