Churchill Metro Cleaners
End low pay for Churchill cleaners on the Tyne and Wear Metro.
North East transport cleaners secure landmark victory in fight for living wage
TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed today that cleaners working for Churchill on the Tyne and Wear Metro have secured a landmark victory in their long running battle for pay and workplace justice that will lift them out of the poverty trap of the minimum wage and on the pathway towards a genuine living wage.
The dispute, one of the longest running anywhere in the UK, has stretched back well over a year and has involved 33 days of strike action as the Metro cleaning staff have mounted a brave fight for a living wage that is a beacon for millions of low paid workers across the country.
The landmark pay deal, announced by RMT today, comprises of:
• A 5% increase to Rates of Pay from the 01st October 2013 (Incorporating the National Minimum Wage Increase recently announced by the Government) which presents a new hourly rate of £6:50.
• A 5% increase to Rates of Pay from the 01st October 2014, presenting a new hourly rate of £6:82.
• A 5% increase to Rates of Pay from the 01st October 2015, presenting a new hourly rate of £7:17.
• A 5% increase to Rates of Pay from the 01st October 2016, presenting a new hourly rate of £7:52.
• An additional Annual Leave Day, commencing from January 2014.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
“This pay deal, which lifts our cleaner members on this key North East transport contract out of the shackles of the minimum wage and on the pathway to a Living Wage, is a breakthrough that will send out the clearest possible signal to low paid workers throughout the land that if they fight they can win.
“RMT members have shown guts and determination through a long and hard campaign with well over a year of rock-solid strike action in the fight for workplace and pay justice. They are an example to us all. RMT also wants to pay tribute to our reps and regional officials who have been instrumental in securing this landmark pay agreement.
“The union focus now turns to other campaigns with companies like ISS and Initial where the fight for a living wage, decent working conditions and social justice rages on. Workers at these companies will take great heart from the Churchill’s Metro victory.”