22 July 2012
Low-paid cleaners working on the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway will strike on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July – the Olympic opening weekend – in their fight for decent wages.
The RMT rail union members work on three contracts, run by major cleaning and services contractors ISS and Initial on the tube and Carlisle on the DLR.
London Transport cleaners face very tough conditions at work, clearing up refuse, dealing with sometimes violent members of the public and carrying out such grim tasks as cleaning up body parts after suicides.
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Their workload is set to rocket during the Olympics with huge numbers of extra visitors dropping rubbish.
The RMT says:
London Transport cleaners deserve decent wages and Olympics payments, but they are getting neither.
It is not surprising that ballots on the three separate contracts produced votes of between 95% and 96% for strikes.
RMT members on the ‘Boris bikes’ London cycle hire scheme will also strike as the Olympics open, over changes to shift patterns and lack of Olympic bonuses.
And RMT members across London Underground will also begin industrial action short of a strike on Friday, against the casualisation of station staff jobs.
They are protesting against management counting poorly trained ‘Incident Customer Service Assistants’ as if they were fully trained and qualified station staff.
The minimum staffing levels for stations are an important to make sure tube stations are safe for passengers – and RMT members are determined not to let managers put safety at risk by casualising their jobs.
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