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RMT Insists Cleaning Contractor Increases Pay In Line With London Living Wage

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We note the report of the meeting of our ISS representatives and members which took place on 20 February 2013.

We are appalled that ISS is reportedly not paying the London Living Wage (LLW), having not increased it when the rate was increased. We insist that ISS increase its employees’ wages in line with the LLW uprate at the time that it is uprated, not six months later. We instruct the General Secretary to make urgent representations to ISS, its contracting company Tube Lines, that company’s owners Transport For London, and to the TfL Board, GLA and Mayor, and to seek press coverage on this matter.

RMT London Calling Newsletter March 2013 Edition

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Mike Brown Confirms LU to attack Stations Jobs

On February 18th Our General Secretary Bob Crow met with Mike Brown to discuss the future of Jobs on the combine. LU are pressing ahead with plans to remove night-turn supervisors and gave no assurances about the grade of staff left to run the stations through the traffic day.

We must insist that 24 hour coverage of our stations by supervisors is maintained to guarantee’ safety and
that correct procedures are followed by companies in Engineering hours.

RMT Appalled At Fingerprinting Plan For Cleaners

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We note the report of the well-attended meeting of our London Underground / Tube Lines ISS representatives on 20 February 2013.

The meeting identified several attacks on working conditions in addition to pay issues:

  • ‘Bradford Factor’ attendance rules
  • new rostering, extending the unpaid break in the middle of the shift from 30 minutes to 45, 60 or even 75 minutes
  • biometric booking on, including for agency staff

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A message to agency cleaners in English, Polish and Russian

Read the text below, or click on the attachment to download as an A4 leaflet ...

  • A message to agency staff
  • Komunikat dla pracowników agencji
  • Информация для работников агентсвa

A message to agency staff
Employers are offering agency staff £12.45 per hour to work while your cleaning workmates are on strike on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Media Coverage Of Cleaners Strike

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BBC – London Underground cleaners to strike over pay: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-20843693

London 24 – London Underground cleaners to go on 48-hour strike: http://www.london24.com/news/transport/london_underground_cleaners_to_go...

News RT – London Underground cleaners to strike over pay: http://www.newsrt.co.uk/news/london-underground-cleaners-to-strike-over-...

Shropshire Star – Tube cleaners in New Year strike: http://www.shropshirestar.com/shropshire-business/money/uk-money/2012/12...

Tube Cleaners To Strike Over New Years

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Transport union RMT said today that tube cleaners working for Initial and ISS will strike again over New Year in their fight for fair pay and workplace justice.

RMT cleaner members are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-

05:30 on Monday 31st December 2012 to 05:29 Wednesday 2nd January 2013.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said;

Poster For Cleaner Members In Stratford Branch

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A poster has been created for cleaner members in the Stratford No 1 branch. It includes details of the meeting. All members including cleaners are encouraged to attend meetings as often as they can.

Striking Cleaners Set Up Soup Kitchen

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TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed today that cleaners working for Churchill’s on the Tyne and Wear Metro, striking for a further 72 hours of strike action from Sunday 23rd December in their battle for pay and workplace justice, will be delivering empty Christmas hampers to members of the transport authority and setting up a soup kitchen in Newcastle city centre to shine a festive light on the issue of poverty pay and the penny pinching of Scrooge contractors Churchill’s.

RMT Opposed To Fingerprinting of Cleaner Members

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We note the report from our Regional Organiser as to the current situation with Initial’s use of fingerprinting for booking on. Although this is to be ‘voluntary’, with the alternative being telephone booking-on, we continue to oppose the installation of the machines and insist that cleaners book on with the person in charge of the workplace where they are due to work.

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