by Tim Lezard The RMT is to ballot for strike action cleaning staff at Interserve across London Underground in an escalation of action against the company. Cleaners working for the company at Waterloo station are on Monday taking strike action over a r …

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The RMT is to ballot for strike action cleaning staff at Interserve across London Underground in an escalation of action against the company.

Cleaners working for the company at Waterloo station are on Monday taking strike action over a range of issues, including dignity in the workplace, grievance procedures and a mismanagement of wages.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “It is clear that Interserve are not prepared to treat their workforce with even the most basic levels of human dignity and it is also clear to us that they have adopted an aggressively anti-union stance designed to try and derail proper representation of the staff who are subject to daily hostility and bullying. RMT has made it absolutely clear that we are up for a fight with this company whose sole interest is profit regardless of the human consequences.

“RMT’s executive has seen the reports on the appalling way that our members and union representatives are being treated by Interserve, through the constant placing of barriers in the path of union representatives and through the dreadful mismanagement of wages. The majority of these issues appear to affect the whole of this company as the situation on London Underground mirrors that experienced by Interserve members at Waterloo who will be striking for workplace justice on Monday.

“As a result we are now moving to a ballot of Interserve staff on London Underground for both strike action and action short of a strike. The union remains available for talks but the message is clear, transport cleaners are on the march and both the company and those that hire them need to wake up and take notice.”


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