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News, reports and information for London Transport cleaners

Recognition, Carlisle Cleaning and Support Services (all contracts)

Circular from Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary ...

Earlier this year I wrote to Carlisle Cleaning & Support Services expressing my utmost concern over the company’s assertion that the RMT only had direct bargaining and recognition rights for three Carlisle Cleaning and Support Contracts, namely Eurostar, London Midland and Alstom/West Coast.

Cleaners: organising plan

Our cleaning grade vice-chair has drafted the following proposal for an organising strategy for cleaners. It will be discussed in detail at the Regional Council Executive meeting on 9 November.

1. Let cleaners know what is happening with ISS & Initial

2. Go out any recruit cleaners from all shifts and both companies

3.Explain what we can do for cleaners

4. Get cleaners to stand for reps as we are short of them

5. Tell cleaners what both companies are doing to the grade and the union

'RMT London Calling', October 2010 - Cuts Will Hurt Us All

Click '1 attachment' / file name to download the new issue of our 'RMT London Calling' newsletter. It urges members to join the fight against the ConDem government's cuts; condemns London Underground's latest job cuts announcement; and reports on RMT's campaigns on Docklands Light Railway, Initial (cleaners) and Alstom.

Protest: Defend Cleaners from Initial Union-Busting

Dear Colleagues

There will be a protest outside Initial-Rentokil offices in Brunswick place [Old Street tube exit 1] on 11th October at 12 noon to 1 pm.This protest has been called against Initials union busting tactics which include bring cleaners into their offices on the pretence of having a grievance hearing and then calling the police to arrest them.

The RMT cannot stand idly by and allow this crude intimidation to continue. Come and show solidarity with our cleaner members on Monday 11th

Many thanks

Steve Hedley Regional Organiser

Protest ISS Union-busting and Attacks on Migrant Workers

Regional Organiser Steve Hedley writes ...

"RMT is holding a protest outside Initial Rentokil offices (Brunswick place, Old Street N1 exit 1 at Old St Station) next Saturday 25th September at 2pm to tell the company in no uncertain terms that we will not allow union busting.

Initial are having people arrested for immigration issues if they complain about not being paid properly or merely becoming active in the RMT. We need your support please attend and show your solidarity with our cleaner members."

Massive Victory for ISS Cleaners

TUBE UNION RMT today secured a massive victory for low paid workers as it was confirmed today that all tube cleaners will be paid the London Living Wage of £7.85 per hour backdated to the 1st of July.

RMT has mounted a long and hard campaign for the cleaners to be paid the London minimum and the final group, the Tube Lines cleaners working for ISS, will at last join their colleagues on a decent rate of pay from this month.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:

RMT Wins London Living Wage for Cleaners

From Steve Hedley, RMT Regional Organiser ...

I am delighted to report that in negotiations conducted today, ISS have agreed to pay the Tube Lines cleaners the London Living Wage of £7.85 for cleaners, and £9.51 for cleaning supervisors from 1 July 2010. This now brings all cleaners on the Underground up to the London Living Wage.

Demonstration in Support of Alberto Durango and the Cleaners

A demonstration is to take place at the offices of UBS at 100, Liverpool Street, EC2, to protest against the actions of Lancaster (Rentokil).

Alberto Durango was sacked from Lancaster on 4th February 2010 for organising the workers and standing up for their rights. Alberto is a good friend of London RMT Bus Workers and they are asked to attend and give their support to him and the cleaners.

The cleaners are being pressured to agree to a cut in working hours with subsequent loss of pay while still being expected to do the same amount of work.