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St.Pancras station cleaners to go on strike

 

Cleaners at St Pancras rail station in London are to go on strike in a dispute over pay.

 

The workers will stage two 48-hour walkouts from 6am on Thursday and from the same time on March 1.

Working for Initial on a Network Rail contract, the cleaners said they have not had a pay rise in four years and have now been offered an “insulting” increase of 13p an hour.

Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, which represents the workers, said: “It is a shocking indictment of London as a city that the luxurious terminal is cleaned by an exploited workforce on poverty wages and that Network Rail have done nothing to stop their contractors, Initial, from treating their staff like dirt.”

The St Pancras facilities are used by Eurostar, East Midlands, First Capital Connect and Southeastern High Speed, although Eurostar said cleaning of the area it operates from will not be affected.

The union secured a pay rise to £8 an hour for cleaners employed by OCS last week after threatening industrial action and said it will continue to campaign for an increase in the £6.76 an hour paid to Initial staff.

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