11 October 2019
RMT Press Office:
Rail Union RMT said today that it has secured a massive victory in the fight against poverty pay on the railway after outsourcing company Mitie caved in and agreed to pay the Living Wage on its Network Rail contract in the teeth of a major national campaign by the union.
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“This is a massive victory in the fight to eliminate the evil of low pay on the railway and I want to congratulate the RMT members and organisers whose hard work and relentless campaigning has delivered it. We will now be pressing the company for full recognition and to address our wider agenda on working conditions. This is just the start.
“RMT is also sending out a warning to companies like Carlisle on Northern Rail who refuse to pay the Living Wage. We are coming for you next and when it comes to ending poverty pay in the Rail Industry there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide when RMT is on the case.”
Sana Yusuf, Campaigns Assistant at 38 Degrees said:
“More than 82,000 people from across the country piled in on the 38 Degrees petition to pressure Mitie alongside RMT - and it’s excellent to see that the company has responded by making the right decision.
“These workers clean some of Britain’s biggest, busiest railways. And the huge outpouring of public support shows that the British public appreciate what they do - and think they should be paid enough to cover the bills.”