Churchill cleaners started 11 days of strike action today in their fight for a £15 per hour pay rate.
Staff in cleaning roles on GTR, SE trains, and HS1 can earn as little £8.91 an hour.
The union is demanding Churchill pay company sick pay and free travel for cleaning staff across the network, just like every other railway worker is entitled to.
Due to the cost-of-living crisis with prices rising at their fastest rate in 30 years and inflation running at 7 percent, these workers need a pay rise now.
Churchill made £39m profit in 2020 but is flat out refusing to raise cleaners’ wages to a reasonable standard.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "This strike is an escalation by our members in their fight for pay justice.
"Churchill need to recognise the damage to its public reputation and the fact customers will have to board filthy trains during their commutes and leisure travel because of their refusal to pay cleaners a decent wage.
"Cleaners were rightly hailed as heroes during the pandemic only to be treated appallingly by Churchill.
"We will continue to ramp up this campaign and ensure that these greedy multimillion pound contractors are stripped of their ability to exploit workers on our railways."