By Daniel Hunter
Transport union RMT said today (Wednesday) that tube cleaners working for Initial and ISS will strike be out in force tomorrow morning at Stratford and other key locations as they kick off a 48 hour strike for pay justice and Olympics recognition.
Following rock-solid action around the opening weekend of the Games members have now been instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-
05:30 hours on Thursday 9th August 2012 and 05:29 hours on Saturday 11th August 2012.
Pickets will be out from 6am Thursday 9th August at:
- Kings Cross Station
- Oxford Circus Station
- Ealing Common Depot
- Morden Depot
- Golders Green Depot
- Oakwood (Cockfosters depot)
- Bank Station
- Embankment Station
- Northumberland Park Depot
- Stonebridge Park Depot
- Ruislip Depot
- Hainault Depot
There will also be a protest by cleaners and their supporters at 12 noon outside Stratford station.
"With the eyes of the world on the London Olympics the many millions enjoying the events around the globe must not forget the London transport cleaners on minimum pay rates doing some of the dirtiest jobs in often appalling conditions with no Olympics recognition and reward whatsoever," RMT General Secretary Bob Crow, who will joining the pickets, said.
“It is these same staff who have played a key role in keeping services clean and safe who are now forced again by their employers to take action for a living wage and recognition of their Olympics efforts.
"The Olympics has to be about equality, inclusiveness and social justice and that's what our cleaners are standing up for as the spotlight shines on London. Instead of forcing our members back out onto the picket lines these profitable companies should be round the table with us negotiating a fair deal for the cleaners."
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