22 March 2019
RMT Press Office
London Overground Vinci Cleaners to take 48 Hour strike action on 4-6 April
Rail union RMT today has announced that members working on the London Overground for Vinci as cleaners on the Arriva Rail Contract will take a further 48-hour strike action next month after voting overwhelmingly for strike action over pay and conditions.
The union has instructed members:
• Not to sign on for any shifts commencing between 21:00 hours on Thursday 4th April 2019 and 20:59 hours on Saturday 6th April 2019.
The cleaners, who formerly worked for Carillion before its collapse and were transferred to outsourcing company Vinci, will also mount a mass demonstration outside Arriva Rail London’s head office in Swiss Cottage on April 5 at 10.00am.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:
“Rail companies who are making a fortune out of Britain’s privatised railways think nothing of treating their cleaning staff like dirt. It is disgusting and the travelling public will know full well just what an essential service the cleaning team plays on London Overground.
“These hardworking staff should be adequately rewarded for all their labour instead of being paid a pittance. This is a part of the overall RMT fight for basic workplace justice for staff doing the dirty jobs on the rail network.
“I congratulate our members for their magnificent show of solidarity in the earlier phase of action and their determination to get a fair reward for the work that they are carrying out. They should not be shunted around from one failing company to another in the interests of corporate profit.
“RMT remains available for genuine and meaningful talks in order to resolve the current dispute.“