Transpennine Express cleaners to strike in pay fight

RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that cleaners working on the Carlisle contract on Transpennine Express will strike in a fight over pay and conditions.

Despite recent meetings aimed at resolving this dispute, the company did not take the golden opportunity to improve the current pay offer and have left RMT with no option but to declare both strike action and action short of a strike.

Members are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-

· 00:01 and 23:59 hours on Saturday 14th July 2012.

Members are also instructed to take industrial action short of strike action by not working any overtime and rest days from:-

· 00:01 hours on Monday 16th July 2012 until 23:59 hours on Saturday 21st July 2012.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:

“RMT has tried to find a negotiated settlement at every juncture during this dispute; however the company have not moved from their entrenched position and have refused to offer any further enhancements to their original pitiful proposals. As a result, RMT’s Executive Committee has decided to escalate this dispute in the form of a 24-hour strike and industrial action short of a strike in the form of an overtime and rest day working ban.

“Carlisle have been treating our members with pure and utter contempt and have subjected their staff to some of the worst working conditions in the entire UK transport industry. We are therefore urging all members to stand firm and support the action and show that solidarity can secure the pay justice our cleaner members deserve.

“RMT has informed Carlisle Cleaning and Support Services that the union remains available for talks and we hope that management will see sense and take the necessary steps to resolve this dispute.”

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