Transport for London cleaners and security staff to stage walkout

19:15 28 November 2012

Cleaners and security staff working on the Docklands Light Railway are to go on strike tomorrow morning in a row over their pay and benefits.

Members of Bob Crow’s RMT union will then demonstrate outside Transport for London (TfL) headquarters to demand they receive the living wage, free travel and a “decent pension and holiday pay.”

They are currently employed by the private companies ISS, Initial, and Carlisle Cleaning and Security. The RMT believes their contracts should be brought in-house to ensure uniform pay and conditions.

TfL said the action - due to take place from 5.30am on November 29 to 5.30am on December 1 - is unlikely to have have nay impact on services.

Mr Crow said: “This campaign will involve industrial, political and public campaigning that will drag the exploitation of cleaners out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

“As well as naming and shaming the companies involved in this low-pay scandal we are also turning the screw on the train operators and transport bodies responsible for awarding these contracts and that includes Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London.

“Each one of these seven separate disputes has the same issue at its core – greedy private contractors who seek to exploit their workforce and offer poverty pay while creaming off fat profits for the company shareholders.”

A TfL spokesman said cleaners it directly employs are paid the London Living Wage.

He said: “This is a matter for Carlisle Support Services, the company which supplies the cleaners and security staff which are the subject of this dispute and the union.

“Paying contractors or subcontractors the London Living Wage was not a requirement of the franchise to operate the DLR awarded to Serco Docklands in 2005, hence Carlisle Support Services, the company which supplies cleaners to Serco, are not currently bound to pay it.

“We would urge that the matter is resolved without causing any disruption to services on the DLR.

“British Transport Police are fully aware of the situation and passenger safety will not be affected.”

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