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RMT ballots Initial and ISS tube cleaners

RMT has warned Initial and ISS of potential strike action.

25 April 2012

Union bargaining might be essential for Initial and ISS, as the RMT has confirmed it has begun balloting the cleaners who work for the firms in the London Underground network regarding industrial action.

The organisation is calling for above-inflation pay rises, substantial bonuses for working during the Olympics, free travel passes for all personnel, a Sick Pay policy and improvements to the companies' pension schemes.

Both enterprises have been involved in business negotiations with the union but have failed to come up with adequate offers, it continued.

General secretary of the RMT Bob Crow said: "These cleaning staff are an integral part of the London Underground team and should be properly rewarded as such."

The body is "forced to move to a ballot for industrial action", he added.

Staff for the corporations will be keeping the city's transport system clean for millions of people during the Olympic Games, the representative remarked.

This event takes place between July 27th and August 12th, with the Paralympics occurring from August 29th to September 9th.

Source: RMT press release, April 25th

Posted by Ken Hayes 

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