RMT members say ISS should build new bridges, not make relations worse

Tim Lezard

TubeCleaners working for Danish multi-national ISS on London Underground are to be balloted for strike action in a dispute over pay and workplace justice.

The dispute follows the news that ISS will be retaining the Tube Lines contract for another six years. Instead of marking the new contract by entering into talks with the union on improving working conditions and relations, the company has instead attacked working conditions and undermined industrial relations.

RMT members are conceded about :

  •  Failure to pay the London Living Wage until six months into the contract
  • Introducing the ‘Bradford Factor’ attendance rules to monitor sickness and absence
  • New rostering, extending the unpaid break in the middle of the shift from 30 minutes to 45, 60 or even 75 minutes
  • Introducing biometric and fingerprint booking on, including for agency staff

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “In order to resist the attacks by ISS on RMT’s members working conditions, the union executive has decided ballot ISS Cleaning grades on the Tube Lines contract, for strike action and industrial action short of strike action, to put pressure on this high-profile and highly profitable global company for workplace justice on London Underground.

“We will also not allow Boris Johnson and his officials off the hook over their tolerance of this blatant flouting of the London Living Wage right in their back yard.”


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Tim Lezard

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