Railway cleaners to go on strike amid growing industrial unrest

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Railway sweepers are about to go on strike in a dispute over wages, which has triggered a wave of industrial unrest in the country.

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Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), employed by contractors to clean Avanti West Coast trains, will hold a 24-hour walkout on Friday.

RMT said Atlion operates by contract, paying cleaners £9.90 an hour and no company offers sick pay.

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RMT Secretary General Mick Lynch said: “Sweepers have been hailed as heroes and key workers during the COVID pandemic.

“Yet our members are agonizing over the wages of poverty while the company works to rake in revenue for shareholders.

“RMT is seeking time from all those cleaning contractors who exploit their employees, and we are stepping up to the plate to take strong action in defense of these prominent railway employees.”

RMT members of train companies and Network Rail as well as train drivers in Aslef will strike on October 1 in a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

Asalef members will also go on strike on October 5.


Source: www.standard.co.uk

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