16 June 2014
RMT Press Office
TUBE UNION RMT today slammed moves by underground cleaning contractor ISS to lock out and send home any staff who follow a union instruction not to book on for shifts using Biometric Fingerprinting Machines.
RMT has been involved in a long-running dispute over the use of fingerprinting for booking on which the union believes is a fundamental attack on civil liberties and designed to completely dehumanise the workplace while threatening jobs through automation in the drive for increased profits.
Members at ISS were balloted for action on this issue and voted overwhelmingly YES. As a result staff have been instructed to take action short of a strike by refusing to use the fingerprinting machines and instead to use the established method for booking on.
Despite this wholly legal action, from this morning ISS have told staff refusing to comply with the fingerprinting policy that they will be sent home and locked out of the workplace,
RMT Acting General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT is in urgent talks with the company this morning aimed at resolving this appalling attack on our members who are simply complying with a union instruction based on a wholly legal ballot for action.
“I have instructed our members to remain at the workplace and not to return home until this situation is resolved.”