FGW train cleaners strike over pay row
Cleaners contracted to First Great Western are to strike on Friday in a row over pay.
Members of rail union RMT, working for sub-contractors Mitie on First Great Western, will strike for 24 hours in what the union described as a “fight for pay and workplace justice for the lowest paid groups of staff on the lucrative First Great Western service”.
The RMT said workers had only been offered a “derisory” 2% increase in pay by Mitie – effectively a pay cut when measured against the current costs of living – while the company had taken no action to end zero hours contracts.
The union’s general secretary Bob Crow said: “Mitie RMT members on First Great Western have shown guts and determination throughout this long fight for workplace and pay justice and we expect strong support from across the labour movement as we move into this phase of industrial action.
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“Be clear, this battle is about achieving a living wage and ending the scandal of zero hours contracts on a rail franchise which is multi-million pound money-spinner for the private companies bleeding it dry, while those doing the dirty jobs to keep the services clean are treated with pure and utter contempt.
“Only last week First landed a jackpot rollover with a two-year contract extension on Great Western that will make them and their sub-contractors a fortune.
“Justice says that now is the time for the cleaners out there day and night on First Great Western to get their fair share through a living wage, decent sick pay and benefits and an end to the evil of zero hours contracts.”