DEMONSTRATE IN SOLIDARITY WITH TUBECLEANERS AT MAYOR'S QUESTION TIME ON WED 15TH OCTOBER, CITY HALL, 10AM-11AM
Meet outside City Hall (by the river between London Bridge and Tower Bridge).
The Mayor is the chair of Transport for London. At Mayor's Questions in July, he smugly promised that Metronet cleaners would receive a living wage by August. Not only did this not happen until two months later (and then patchily), but even while he was announcing it, racist immigration laws were being used to clamp down on union activists and members.
Next Wednesday is Mayor's Questions again. We want to show the Mayor that he hasn't seen the last of this dispute, and that we hold him along with the bosses of the cleaning contractors responsible for immigration victimisations. Come along and make some noise in solidarity with the cleaners. Bring banners, placards and noisemakers!
17 years ago, cleaners on the Underground earnt £5.75 an hour. In 2008, many earn less than this. Cleaners on the Underground have taken three days of strike action this summer for a London living wage, pensions, sick pay, an end to third party sackings, 28 days' annual leave and free travel to work. This won a commitment from Transport for London that cleaners on all but three lines would receive a living wage. However, payments have taken 2 months to come through, some contractors are refusing to pay them and the contractor who runs the three remaining lines is refusing to budge. On top of this, racist immigration laws have been used to intimidate those in the union, and three members have been deported. The dispute is far from over!