RMT striking cleaners at Mitie on First Great Western deliver more solid action

22 January 2014

mite rmt fgw strike jan 14On Tuesday 21 January, striking cleaners in the RMT employed by Mitie on First Great Western stood strong in their demand for the Living Wage on a lively picket line outside Paddington station.

The strikers were determined to keep up their fight, chanting “Mitie… Big Rat!” with a visible noisy presence outside the station.

The most recent company accounts show that for the year 2012-13, Mitie Group PLC made pre-tax profits of £58.8m, paid out dividends to shareholders of £20.6m (a 11.9% increase) with the highest paid director pocketing £1.374m (a 7.4% increase).

Meanwhile the workers who generate those profits live on poverty pay without proper sick pay and working conditions. RMT demands that the London Living Wage is the very least Mitie bosses can match to recognise the contribution and hard work of the FGW cleaners.

Rush messages of support to 07448 605 282


RMT asks: 


Please show your support for our strike by taking this leaflet on to the train and leaving it on the table. This will help get the message home to FGW that they are profiting from poverty pay and conditions. First’s decision in March to bail out three years early from the Great Western franchise saved them £830 million in payments to the Government – nearly 75% of all premium payments under the terms of the contract. After this, First agreed a 23 month extension to September 2015 with the Government so now First both has the contract and a massive bonus. They can afford to pay a living wage to their staff!


You can support us by letting Mitie and FGW company bosses know how you feel about the treatment of their workers.

Email  Mitie Chief Executive Ruby Gregor-Smith by clicking here

Email  Mark Hopwood, Managing Director, First Great Western by clicking here

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