Cleaners working on the Tube for ISS are being balloted for strike action over an attempt to force them into being finger-printed in rat-infested, rubbish-filled cupboards as they sign in to work. The RMT says the system has led to staff being intimida …


RMT finger printingCleaners working on the Tube for ISS are being balloted for strike action over an attempt to force them into being finger-printed in rat-infested, rubbish-filled cupboards as they sign in to work.

The RMT says the system has led to staff being intimidated, bullied and locked out of the workplace as they refuse to comply with a move that is threatening, degrading and carries all the overtones of a police state.

RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said: “We have been in dispute with ISS on London Underground for over a year because we firmly believe that the daily fingerprinting of staff  is a breach of our members civil liberties.

“It is simply not acceptable for an employer to bully, intimidate and harass staff into giving their Biometric “fingerprint” data to allow them to work their shift.  As far as we are concerned, the system should be scrapped immediately and they should return to the agreed booking on system of signing in at the station and using the Autophone to notify ISS.

“As RMT has exposed in pictures and video, in many cases the fingerprinting machines have been installed in rat-infested cupboards used to store the stinking waste collected from the London Underground network. This is not only degrading but also a major health and safety concern which has been raised with ISS and which we will be raising again with London Underground at the highest level.

“RMT members across ISS have been brave enough to stand up and fight this greedy, anti-union company on London Underground and are now being balloted for action.

“The travelling public and the entire trade union movement should be standing alongside these brave workers, doing some of the dirtiest jobs on the transport network, in their battle for workplace justice.”

Since ISS imposed the machines in July a substantial number of RMT members and reps have stood firm and refused to use the new system. Despite offering to use the established method of signing in, the company has refused to let them work their duties and has locked them out.

The RMT does not believe it is any coincidence that many of those that have been locked out are accredited RMT reps. The union says they have had the guts to refuse to be bullied by ISS and have suffered significant financial hardship as a result.

– See more at: http://union-news.co.uk/2014/09/tube-cleaners-kick-stink-finger-printing/#sthash.lS1BWz3J.dpuf


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