24 April 2020
RMT Press Office:
RAIL UNION RMT today claimed a major victory in the fight against low pay on the railway after a campaign by the union forced Merseyrail cleaning and facilities’ contractor Mitie to withdraw a threat to withhold a pay increase for their staff.
Mitie had pulled a pay increase to a minimum of £9 an hour for its Merseyrail staff but a high profile RMT campaign has forced them to honour the backdated award in a victory that the union says is an important staging post in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis to get all rail staff onto the Real Living Wage as an absolute minimum.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“I want to pay tribute to our members, our reps and our officials for their hard work, unity and determination which has been key to securing this important victory.
“The company stance forced us to declare a dispute and mount a major political and public campaign to secure pay justice for our Mitie Merseyrail staff. In the midst of this current crisis RMT is out there fighting to deliver on safety, jobs and livelihoods. That work continues."