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Sadiq Khan has power to reverse atrocious decision to keep tube cleaners under control of greedy multinational contractors

RMT calls on Sadiq Khan to end privatisation on London Underground following controversial announcement

The union reacted with fury to the announcement this week, by TfL Commissioner Andy Byford that outsourcing contractor ABM will continue to employ tube cleaners, leaving hundreds of RMT members in the hands of a private company.

RMT called on the Mayor of London to overturn the decision or potentially face another strike on the tube.

Show your solidarity with our cleaning grades

Dear colleague,

Show your solidarity with our cleaning grades

RMT has two petitions in circulation currently relating to campaigns being run to support our cleaning grades members. I'm asking all members to make sure they have signed - and shared - these petitions. We're an all-grades union and we look after each other. Getting involved in the campaign to win insourcing and improvements to the pay and conditions of our cleaning grades members is part of what it means to be an industrial union.

RMT demands ABM's 'Project Lean' is stopped

21st June 2023

Dear RMT Member,


I have received reports from your RMT Reps that ABM are calling you into meetings where members feel pressurized into accepting more work at more locations. This is taking place as part of a review of responsibilities and work locations which the Company is calling ‘Project Lean’.

Sign the petition to support rail cleaners

Dear colleague,

Sign new petition to win travel facilities for rail cleaners, security guards and other outsourced workers

15th June is International Justice Day for Cleaners and Security Guards, which is held each year in memory of a group of Los Angeles janitors who were beaten up by the police during a peaceful demonstration against their contractor.

Outsourced workers - 'Our Work Matters' - get trained and lobby politicians

Dear colleagues

FAO all outsourced cleaning, security, catering and stations grades

'Our Work Matters' - Opportunity to get trained and lobby politicians directly, London, June 15th, 9.30am-3.30pm

RMT has been working with the TUC in developing a new campaign - 'Our Work Matters - Justice for outsourced facilities workers'.

RMT's victory on TfL travel passes for sub-contracted cleaners - passes issued from now

Dear colleague

RMT's victory on TfL travel passes for sub-contracted cleaners - passes issued from now

As I have reported before, RMT's campaigning has won a major concession for sub-contracted cleaners working at Transport for London. Cleaners who work at TfL will now receive an Oystercard for travel on TfL's network. I'm writing now with more details about the eligibility and process for getting this travel pass.

RMT wins free travel for 5,800 TfL cleaners

Dear colleague,

RMT wins free travel for 5,800 TfL cleaners 

After years of campaigning, RMT has won free travel facilities for 5,800 cleaners sub-contracted by Transport for London.

Last weekend, at an RMT fringe during London Labour conference, I reiterated our union's case for the Mayor to do more for TfL's outsourced cleaners, including extending the free travel benefit, improving other employment conditions and ending the scourge of outsourcing by bringing them into direct employment.

Sick pay demand reiterated after Tube cleaners free travel victory

Dear colleague,

RMT campaign wins cleaners free travel

On Sunday the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced that from April next year ABM cleaners will be given the same free travel as other directly employed TfL staff. The Mayor also announced that he will instruct TfL to look at ensuring cleaners get sick pay and will review again the outsourcing contract with ABM in April 2023.