by Tim Lezard Cleaners employed by Interserve at Waterloo Station are to strike after a manager was overheard telling a member of staff the company should not employ black people. The RMT says bosses have refused to address the allegation through agree …

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Waterloo stationby Tim Lezard

Cleaners employed by Interserve at Waterloo Station are to strike after a manager was overheard telling a member of staff the company should not employ black people.

The RMT says bosses have refused to address the allegation through agree procedures. The union also says Interserve has underpaid wages, as well as victimising, bullying and harassing staff.

The strikes will take place between 3pm on Monday and 3pm on Tuesday, and for a further 24 hours starting at 3pm on November 21st.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “The appalling treatment of cleaners at the busy and iconic Waterloo Station is nothing short of a disgrace and has led to a complete breakdown in industrial relations which left RMT with no option other than to ballot for strike action. This union has rarely come across a more vindictive and aggressive approach to low-paid staff, doing some of the most under-valued work on our railways, and the situation at Waterloo shames London.

“The overwhelming vote for action shows clearly that this determined and organised group of staff are not going to put up with the outrageous culture of racism, bullying and harassment and they deserve the full support of the entire labour and trade union movement..

“These staff are doing dirty jobs in often appalling conditions and the very least that they can expect is to be treated with dignity and respect. Not only are our members being denied the most basic levels of fair treatment and workplace rights but they are being subjected to a daily regime of bullying, victimisation and harassment which includes disgraceful incidents of racist abuse.

“Interserve, and Waterloo Station itself, cannot sweep this situation under the carpet. RMT is demanding workplace justice for the cleaners at Waterloo and the union remains available for talks aimed at securing that.”


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