7 September 2012
Low-paid cleaners working for contractor ISS on two key rail services will strike for a living wage on Monday 10 September.
The RMT rail union members on the East Coast main line and London Midland service will strike for 24 hours to demand a living wage after being denied a pay rise for three years.
There will be a picket line will at Kings Cross station from 7am Monday morning.
The cleaners voted by 98% in favour of action, in the latest of a series of disputes over pay launched by RMT union members. These include strikes by ISS cleaners working out of London Midland’s Bletchley, Northampton and King’s Heath depots, plus cleaners on the London Underground and Tyneside Metro.
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RMT general secretary Bob Crow said:
The scandal of low pay on two of the country’s busiest and most prestigious rail routes continues with ISS assuming that they can get away with exploiting workers who are key to delivering high quality services. ISS are plainly wrong and they now have a workforce that is organised, angry and determined to win this fight for pay justice.
We will be targeting ISS and the rail companies as we ramp up this fight for a living wage. RMT remains available for talks aimed at achieving a fair and just settlement to these disputes.