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Train cleaners plan strike

Unsuccessful strike negotiations between unions and Mitie have led to strike plans.

24 February 2011

A planned strike by members of the RMT union will go ahead despite strike negotiations between the group and their employers.

RMT training cleaning staff employed by the Mitie company are to stage a 24-hour strike this week after members voted 100 per cent in favour of action.

The staff, who work at First Great Western train depots in Wales, are unhappy with pensions, wage payments and claim there has been a "failure to communicate" by their employer.

The action will see all RMT members employed by Mitie not book for work shifts between 06:00 am tomorrow morning (February 25th) and 05.59 am the following day.

General secretary of RMT Bob Crow claimed that some members have been "short-changed by hundreds of pounds" due to wage "discrepancies".

"This appalling situation shines the spotlight on just how these facilities companies operate and how they treat their low-paid staff," he said.

RMT is the UK's biggest specialist transport trade union and has more than 80,000 members.

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