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RMT Tube cleaners secure victory on staff travel

RMT today welcomed the news that heroic cleaners on London’s Underground network will receive free travel on Transport for London services as of the new financial year.

Following a long campaign fought by the union, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today announced that the cleaners, who are outsourced to US company ABM, will finally get the free travel given to directly employed TfL staff. The Mayor has also asked TfL to look into making sure the cleaners get sick pay and to assess whether they can finally be brought in-house in April 2023.

RMT Cleaners' campaign event launch

The RMT London Transport Region is organising a campaign launch event as London Transport cleaners working for ABM on the Tube and ISS on the Docklands Light Railway ramp up their right for a fair deal.

To attend the event, which will take place on 25th of August, and to confirms times, please speak to a local rep or branch official. 

The event will take place all day at the Indian YMCA, 42 Fitzroy Square, W1T 6AQ.

  • An event poster is attached.


RMT sets out ABM cleaners' demands

Dear colleague,


Further to my previous Circular (IR/135/22, 28th June 2022), this matter has been considered by the National Executive Committee and in line with its decision, I have advised the Company that unless the following demands are met, a dispute situation will exist between us and this Union will not hesitate to initiate a ballot for strike action:-

RMT enters dispute over continued outsourcing of Tube cleaning

RMT declares dispute over outsourced Underground cleaners following ‘stitch up’ review.

RMT has warned London mayor Sadiq Khan that it would be declaring another dispute on the Underground and balloting for strike action after it emerged that heroic Tube cleaners have been condemned to three more years of outsourcing following what the union described as “a stitch up behind closed doors”.

London Labour politicians call for public ownership of London Transport cleaning services

  • As Omicron crisis grips the capital London Labour politicians call for public ownership of London Transport cleaning services.

Senior London Labour politicians have today made the case for the full public ownership and control of London Transport cleaning services on grounds of safety and efficiency.

RMT ‘Safe Travel is Clean Travel – Take cleaning in-house’ protest, 12pm 20 July

Final reminder and updated advice and details: RMT ‘Safe Travel is Clean Travel – Take cleaning in-house’ protest, 12pm 20 July

Following my previous circular please note the following updated advice and details.
The protest in support of cleaners will assemble at 12pm in the space across the road from Old Palace Yard, which lies next to the Houses of Parliament. You can find the space on this map. https://goo.gl/maps/E7HGsN9BcS8dqhXg9

Justice for Cleaners Demo

RMT calls Justice for Cleaners Demonstration outside Parliament on 20th July

RMT has called a demonstration outside Parliament as part of the union’s campaign to end the privatisation of cleaning.

The demonstration – Cleaners are Essential; Justice for Cleaners – will take place on 20 July at 12pm opposite Old Palace Yard, Houses of Parliament SW1A 2BE

ABM Cleaners News: we can win in-house employment

- download the attached leaflet and display it wherever ABM Cleaners work on London Underground

Why join RMT?
To win change, we need to unite in a collective organisation. Our strength is in numbers. TfL and ABM cannot run the job without us: it’s cleaners - not senior managers - who ensure stations, trains, depots, and office buildings are safely cleaned for other staff and passengers to use every day. Joining a union is the best way of organising our collective power.

“If we want passengers to have the confidence to use our trains, we need to take back control of cleaning"

As rail industry announces inquiry into whether to end outsourcing of train and station cleaning new report reveals cleaners don’t have enough staff to do jobs properly and ending outsourcing would improve standards.

Almost half the cleaners working on Britain’s rail network believe they don’t have enough staff to do their jobs properly whilst a majority say that their employers put profits before public health and passengers would benefit more if cleaners were employed in-house rather than being outsourced, according to a new report published by RMT today.