RMT members working on Transpennine Express take action over pay


Cleaners on Transpennine Express services are today embarking on a third wave of industrial action in a long-standing battle for pay and workplace justice.

The RMT members, working for contractors Carlisle, are angry at the company’s refusal to make a reasonable pay offer, and their refusal to engage in talks through ACAS. They will be striking from midnight tonight until midnight on Wednesday.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “It is an absolute scandal that Carlisle continue to refuse to make any kind of reasonable offer to tackle the issue of poverty pay and poor working conditions of this group of key transport workers on the Carlisle Transpennine services.

“The point-blank refusal to even engage in talks through the independent offices of ACAS shows that this company has no interest whatsoever in making progress with negotiations and it is that pig-headed attitude that has forced this latest phase of industrial action.

“RMT is taking the message to both TPE and their service users that Carlisle must be forced to face up to their obligations to the staff who deliver their profits. RMT remains available for talks and the ball is now firmly in the companies court.”

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