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Rail workers to strike in pay dispute
9:30am Thursday 6th September 2012 in News
CLEANERS on the East Coast mainline and London Midland services are to strike on Monday to fight for more pay.
Members of the RMT union working for contractors ISS, will mount a picket at Kings Cross to put pressure on ISS, East Coast and London Midland, the union said.
RMT members voted to take action against the employer after it offered no pay rise for three years.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “The scandal of low pay on two of the country’s busiest and most prestigious rail routes continues with ISS assuming that they can get away with exploiting workers who are key to delivering high quality services. ISS are plainly wrong and they now have a workforce that is organised, angry and determined to win this fight for pay justice.”
An East Coast spokesman said the strike was not expected to impact on customers. “This dispute is between ISS and a group of its employees who started working on the railway before East Coast took over the running of the franchise in 2009.
“Employees within this group are currently paid between £0.42 and £1.42 above the minimum wage. Their terms and conditions are a matter for these individuals and ISS, although we are discussing this issue with ISS.”