East Midlands train staff strike over fight for pay justice
Cleaners working on the Rentokil Initial contract on East Midlands Trains will strike for 48 hours this Friday and Saturday in a fight for pay justice.
Following an overwhelming vote for action RMT’s Executive Committee has considered the matter and has instructed that members take the following strike action:-
Members are instructed not to book on for any shifts between:-
• 00:01 hours on Friday 27th September 2013 and 23:59 hours on Saturday 28th September 2013.
Despite attempts by RMT officials to negotiate a settlement to the dispute, the company have refused to budge and have tried to bulldoze through a freeze to any improvements to pay and conditions, on the spurious grounds of “trading conditions”, in a blatant attempt to enforce poverty pay on some of the most exploited staff anywhere on the rail network.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
“Initial Rentokil is a wealthy company and they idea that they cannot afford to pay their cleaners on East Midlands trains a decent, living wage is pure nonsense. This company has a track record of exploiting its cleaning staff throughout the public services for the maximum profits that can be extracted and our members on this lucrative train franchise are sending out the message that they are prepared to stand up and fight for pay justice.
“ I have no doubt that fellow trade unionists will stand together with our members in solidarity on the picket lines in this important dispute. That show of strength will send out the clearest possible message to both East Midlands Trains and their contractors that the union is not prepared to tolerate the companies delaying tactics any longer in offering a fair pay offer and real improvements to our members working conditions.
“East Midlands Trains themselves will not be allowed to duck this issue. They have a duty to ensure that their contractors aren’t exploiting their staff and they should be intervening now to help force a solution. RMT remains available for meaningful talks to address the basic issue of pay justice and a living wage at the core of this dispute.”