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Workplace and protests round-up

Issue No. 2416

Bosses served with strike over job cuts 

Contract Cleaners on Eurostar and at London’s St Pancras station are set to strike for two days from  Friday of this week.

The RMT union members struck solidly for 24 hours over jobs and conditions at the start of August. They work for Interserve which has cut jobs by 30 percent since taking over the contract.

Bosses expect the same level of work to be done with fewer staff. The union says Interserve management are guilty of “continual aggression and bullying” in their drive to maximise profits.

RMT is demanding an agreement on staffing levels, workloads and conditions.


Rail cleaners action for long delayed rise

Cleaners at East Coast rail struck for 24 hours on Friday of last week. The RMT union members are in dispute over pay and conditions with bosses at outsourcing giant ISS.

The cleaners have not received a pay rise for three years. They are set to strike again on Friday and Saturday of this week.


Protest at Sodexho for Petrit Mihaj 

Supporters of RMT union rep Petrit Mihaj protested outside the headquarters of caterers Sodexho on Monday of this week to demand his reinstatement.

An employment tribunal has ruled that he was sacked for his trade union activities. But under Tory anti-union laws Sodexho is not obligated to reinstate him.

London Underground staff working for the company struck the previous week in support of their union rep.

Rush messages of support to petrit-mihaj@hotmail.co.uk

Poverty wages at hotels protest 

The Unite union organised protests outside hotels in London last week highlighting poverty pay in the sector. 

InterContinental Hotel Groups—which owns the Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn—has just announced a surge in its revenues in Britain. 

But it is offering a raise of just 20p an hour for its workers, many of whom are barely paid above the minimum wage.


Justice campaigns say ‘end inaction’ 

Campaigners gathered outside the London offices of the Crown Prosecution Service on Thursday of last week. 

The families and supporters of Sean Rigg, Leon Patterson and Habib “Paps” Ullah were protesting against inaction over deaths in custody cases.


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