New strike threat for London Underground by Tube staff

11:54 26 April 2012

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London Underground cleaners who work in “the most appalling conditions” could be the latest staff to walk out on strike in a pay dispute with Tube bosses.

With the network in the grip of a strike by maintenance staff, balloting has begun ahead of another possible walkout in what is shaping up as a wave of industrial action – this time by cleaning staf.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Union is threatening industrial action unless Transport for London hands all cleaners a pay rise, an Olympics bonus, free travel and improves the pension scheme.

The threat by the RMT follows pay rises of 30 per cent over the past two years claimed ISS – the facilities giant which employs cleaning staff for the Tube.

“In the run up to the Olympics it is simply scandalous that the staff who will be keeping the transport system clean for the millions of visitors to this City are being treated like dirt,” said RMT secretary Bob Crow

“These cleaning staff are an integral part of the London Underground team and should be properly rewarded as such and not just seen as a money making tool to be exploited for every last penny in the interest of private profits.”

A third and final meeting between the two sides is scheduled for Friday – the day on which the current bout of strike action triggered by the RMT ends.

ISS accused the RMT of flouting an industrial relations agreement signed nine months ago.

“We are genuinely surprised and disappointed by the RMT’s announcement that it plans to ballot its members working for us on the possibility of industrial action.

“Three meetings were organised between ISS and the RMT and the RMT did not attend the second, despite being held at its offices. The third is due this Friday 27th April.”

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