2 August 2012
RMT members working for cleaning contractor Churchill’s on the Tyne and Wear Metro will strike for 48 hours over Sunday 5 and Monday 6 August over pay and the victimisation of a workmate.
The cleaners have previous held three strike days, in a battle that has also been joined by RMT cleaners on the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway in the capital.
On the Tyne and Wear Metro, contractor Churchill’s wants to impose a ‘zero percent’ pay award on cleaners who are very low paid.On earlier strike days, the RMT was told that the company was desparately trying to recruit scabs – by offering a much higher hourly rate than the metro cleaners are paid, Union News reported.
The RMT members are also protesting against the victimisation of a fellow union member.
Meanwhile, RMT members are striking and balloting elsewhere to win higher pay.
Clerical staff working at Transport for London in the Travel Information Centres, Oyster Business Support, Lost Property Office, London Transport Museum will strike for 24 hours from the morning of Friday 3 August to demand an Olympic bonus.
The RMT called off an earlier strike set for the end of July.
But the action will now go ahead on Friday morning.
The RMT has been pushing successfully on Olympic bonuses, with recent wins including £600 for workers at signalling contractor Thales and £500 for ‘Boris Bikes’ staff.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said:
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Management need to realise that their refusal to offer any Olympic reward is unacceptable. No-one is any doubt that this will be the busiest period in the history of London Transport and we believe that you should get an Olympic payment during this difficult and overwhelming occasion.
The RMT is to ballot cleaning, facilities, asset management and mechanical engineering staff employed by contractor Amey Rail on the Heathrow Express for both strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over pay.
The company has offered workers a pay rise of just 1.75, wth no Olympic bonus.