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09.08.12

Tube cleaners strike for Olympics bonus pay

Cleaners on the Tube network are on strike for 48 hours in a dispute over bonus payments for working during the Olympic Games. 

The rail union RMT is calling for extra pay for working during this period. 

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “With the eyes of the world on the London Olympics the many millions enjoying the events around the globe must not forget the London transport cleaners on minimum pay rates doing some of the dirtiest jobs in often appalling conditions with no Olympics recognition and reward whatsoever. 

“It is these same staff who have played a key role in keeping services clean and safe who are now forced again by their employers to take action for a living wage and recognition of their Olympics efforts.” 

Phil Hufton, asset performance director for London Underground, said: “This industrial dispute is between Initial and its staff. We have reviewed our staffing plans and have already put contingencies in place. We anticipate no impact on London Underground services as a result of this industrial action.” 

In May, London Underground staff secured a deal which would see them receive up to £850 for working during the Games. Drivers would get bonus payments of up to £1,000.  

Pickets will be held at: Stratford Depot, Kings Cross Station, Oxford Circus Station, Ealing Common Depot, Morden Depot, Golders Green Depot, Oakwood (Cockfosters depot), Bank Station, Embankment Station, Northumberland Park Depot

Stonebridge Park Depot, Ruislip Depot and Hainault Depot. 

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com 

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Comments

Cleaner   10/08/2012 at 15:31

If everyone working during the olympics ivs getting a bonus, why not me on a minimum pay rate dont get it. im overloaded now with more dirty work ever than before coz of the olympics.if u really consider and look at i csrefully im the underpriviledged coz they seem to notice my job as the lowest and hence i deserve nothing for my contrbution ti the olympics. wud our visitor ride in stinking dirty trains. Respect we all huma

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