November 12th 2014
RMT to ballot Interserve cleaners across London Underground as union prepares for strike action against the company at Waterloo on Monday
TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed today that it is to ballot Interserve staff across London Underground for both strike action and action short of a strike over a complete refusal by the company to treat the staff with dignity in the workplace and over a mismanagement of wages which leaves staff struggling to make ends meet. The union is also angry at a repeated refusal by Interserve to deal directly with the union over the staff grievances which has led to a breakdown in trust and normal industrial relations.
The issues on London Underground are a direct mirror of the catalogue of complaints by staff working for Interserve at London Waterloo, one of the busiest railway stations in the world, which forced a similar ballot for action and which has culminated in a strike taking place on Monday at the station and a protest during the evening rush hour.
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, 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."
Geoff Martin - RMT Press Officer
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