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Defend threatened cleaners’ union rep

Issue No. 2357

Clara Osagiede, cleaners’ secretary in the RMT union on London Underground, faces an outrageous attempt to sack her.

Bosses at Initial have dredged up accusations that were first brought 16 months ago and then shelved.

After a hearing into the claims in February last year, managers did not proceed with disciplinary procedures and allowed Clara to take up full-time union work.

Clara proved an excellent union official, taking up difficult cases and winning sacked workers’ jobs back.

She was recently re-elected by an overwhelming majority. Could this be why the charges have been resurrected?

Clara was born in Nigeria where she was a prominent student activist. In 2007-8 she led a battle for a living wage for tube cleaners.

Initial’s attempt to remove Clara must be stopped. The whole RMT must mobilise to get the charges dropped.

Send messages of protest to Initial bosses Martin Kersey  and Graham Thwartes 

Clara has been called to a disciplinary on Monday of next week. The RMT has called a protest at 1.30pm at the Initial offices, Victoria House, 1-3 College Hill, London EC4R 2RA. Nearest stations are Cannon Street, Bank and Mansion House.

RMT on Northern Rail

Talks between the RMT and Northern Rail have ended with an agreement that bosses will not bring in agency workers.

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Tue 11 Jun 2013, 17:35 BST
Issue No. 2357
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