Rail staff receive training in Eastbourne after being made redundant

RMT members in Employment training at South Downs College SUS-150709-162604001
RMT members in Employment training at South Downs College SUS-150709-162604001

Former rail staff have taken employability classes in Eastbourne after losing their jobs in lay-offs earlier this year.

Trades Union Congress Education team (TUC) ran classes at Sussex Downs College for the former staff to help improve their chances of returning to work.

The staff, who are members of the National Union for Rail, Maritime and Transport workers (RMT), were made redundant after surprise job cuts by Southern and Thameslink Rail earlier this summer.

RMT said the job cuts were carried out in the “most disgraceful and brutal fashion”.

The three-day course in August saw workshops to help the dismissed workers develop skills in CV writing, personal evaluation, assessment techniques and interview skills.

TUC Education curriculum leader Vicki Gibbs said, “We have long been supportive of the RMT’s efforts to bring learning and education in the workplace.

“This particular support has been especially inspiring because you can see first-hand the difference it will make to these vulnerable workers.”

The courses were run by tutors Graham Gray and Samantha Ward-Crossley and proved popular with the former employees.

One said, “I now trust myself and believe that I am able to achieve something positive.”

Another said, “Everything was exact, correct and helpful. It will help me a lot in searching for a better job.”

Many of the former staff are now applying for new roles at Southern and Vicki Gibbs is hopeful the individuals succeed in getting back to work.

She said, “They will benefit from the protection of an organised workplace where the members of the union stand together for the benefit for all.”

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