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Finsbury Park branch organisation report 2009

organiseThe Regional Council Secretary wrote to all branches, asking for their assessment of their branch’s work during 2009, and suggesting that they might address the following points:
- whether your membership grew or shrunk during 2009, and why you think this is
- any problems you have had filling reps’ positions within the branch’s area
- how effective your branch was during any industrial action in your area last year
- what recruitment activities you have organised

Cleaners to Protest For A Living Wage and End To Privatisation, Whilst Tube Bosses Enjoy 50% Bonus Increase

Tube andTfL union RMT will be holding a demonstration in support of London Underground cleaners fight against privatisation this Wednesday (18 November) as it emerged that senior TfL bosses have received a 50% increase in bonus payments over the past two years from £3.6 million in 2007 to £5.3 million this year.

The tube cleaners, who are also fighting for TfL Chair Boris Johnson’s London Living Wage, will be outside the former Metronet headquarters at Templar House, 81-87 High Holborn at 12 noon on Wednesday 18th November.

Protest: Bring Tube Cleaning Inhouse!

cleanersWith GBM's contract being transferred to Initial, who are to further sub-contract it to ICS, Tube cleaners are angry that they are being treated like parcels to be passed around. The only solution is to kick out the contractors and bring Tube cleaning back into an integrated, publicly-owned London Underground.

Join cleaners and their trade union, RMT, in protesting at the offices of LU Metronet, Templar House, 81-87 High Holborn (map here). Bring placards, banners and friends!

Resolution: Cleaners and Immigration Rights

This resolution, submitted by thee Regional Council Executive, was passed at the November 2009 meeting of the Regional Council.

In the light of resolutions passed at AGMs to support our members in the cleaning grades and oppose exploitation of migrant workers and in recognition of the facts that:

  1. Most of our cleaning members are from ethnic minorities.
  2. The various cleaning and other companies have used immigration rules to systematically exploit those who have organised in trade unions.

Former Cabinet Minister Supports Eurostar Cleaners in Fight for Justice

cleanersFormer Labour Cabinet Minister Frank Dobson has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons in support of RMT cleaners working on the Eurostar contract at St Pancras International and their fight for pay and workplace justice.

The Commons motion has been placed on the order paper on the eve of the first of four more 24 hour strikes by the Eurostar cleaners employed by the Carlisle Group which will start at 5.30am tomorrow morning (Friday 23rd October). There will be a noisy protest in support of the Eursostar cleaners, which will include solidarity visits from striking postal workers, between 8am and 10am Friday morning (23rd October) outside St Pancras International.

Eurostar cleaners: RMT Announces Four More Days of Strike Action

cleanersRAIL UNION RMT today announced a series of four 24 hour strikes by cleaners employed by the Carlisle Group on their Eurostar contract at St Pancras International in their fight for jobs and pay justice after the company failed to make any meaningful effort to resolve the dispute during extensive talks at arbitration service ACAS.

Eurostar Cleaners' Action Forces Employer to Talk

RMT and Carlisle have agreed the following statement:

Carlisle Cleaning Services and the RMT trade union have today agreed to attend meaningful negotiations hosted by ACAS this Friday in order to attempt to resolve the issues in the current industrial dispute. To allow the negotiations to take place it has been agreed to suspend the programme of strike action that was recently announced.

RMT announces six days of strike action by Eurostar cleaners

RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed a further six days of strike action by Eurostar cleaners working at St Pancras International for contractors the Carlisle Group in an increasingly bitter dispute over pay, the introduction of routine staff fingerprinting, redundancies and the victimisation and harassment of RMT union reps.

RMT Eurostar cleaners will strike on the following dates:

05:30 hours on Friday 2nd October 2009 and 05:29 hours on Saturday 3rd October 2009. 05:30 hours on Sunday 4th October 2009 and 05:29 hours on Monday 5th October 2009.