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London Underground cleaners to strike on December 31

by LLB Editor
27th Dec 12 12:15 pm

London Underground station cleaners are to strike on 31 December over a pay dispute, the BBC has reported.

The Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members, and cleaning companies Initial and ISS contractors, have called for a 48-hour strike starting 05:30GMT on the day.

Despite the strike, London Underground will be operating as normal and train services won’t be impacted.

Bob Crow, RMT’s general secretary, said:

“It is these same staff who have played a key role in keeping services clean and safe who are now forced again by their employers to take action for a living wage and recognition of their efforts.

“It is time for London mayor Boris Johnson to stop talking about a living wage and start acting to make sure that contractors on his services actually deliver it.”

Philip Hufton from London Underground urged all parties “to resolve the dispute without any unnecessary strike action.”

Transport for London is in support of London mayor Boris Johnson’s London Living Wage plan which increased minimum pay to £8.55 per hour in November.

“All cleaners directly employed by TfL are paid at least the London Living wage, and we require contractors working on the Tube network for London Underground and Tube Lines to do the same,” Hufton added.

The strike comes after industrial action on Boxing Day which caused massive disruption across the capital.

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