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.

Today, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that he will extend staff free travel to all sub-contracted cleaners who work on London's transport system.

In September, the union announced that RMT had won free travel for 5,000 directly contracted cleaners, including our members at ABM.

Today's announcement extends that free travel to 800 more cleaners, including those working for FES and STM at MTR Crossrail, for Carlisle on London Overground, ISS on Docklands Light Railway and for Mace on the Cable Car.

This is a significant win for our Cleaners Are Essential campaign and it's the result of hard, patient campaigning involving the whole union, so thank you to every member who has supported our cleaning grades.

While this is a step in the right direction from the Mayor of London, it's not clear that this will apply to all security and catering sub-contractors in April. They Mayor needs to clarify this and we will not stop campaigning until this is done.

He also needs to take the next step and tackle the scourge of outsourcing in TfL, starting by bringing London'sUnderground cleaners in-house, which he can do now. So, we're accelerating our campaign to win the insourcing of these ABM cleaners. If you haven't already done so, please sign the petition here: https://www.megaphone.org.uk/petitions/bring-london-s-tube-cleaners-in-h...

Thank you for your ongoing support for our Cleaning Grades.

Yours sincerely,



Michael Lynch

General Secretary