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Defend sacked cleaners’ union rep Clara Osagiede

by Charlie Kimber
Issue No. 2443

Protesting to defend Clara (centre) in 2011

Protesting to defend Clara (centre) in 2011 (Pic: Guy Smallman)

RMT union rep Clara Osagiede has outrageously been sacked by Interserve, the cleaning company used by London Underground.

Clara strongly denies the charges against her. She says it’s the bosses who should be under investigation.

Last year Clara represented a group of ten black cleaners at Waterloo station. She took out a grievance against a manager involved in a hearing.

The union agreed to drop this if the company did not victimise anyone.

But soon management began taking action against Clara and in January this year offered her money to leave employment.

The company then came up with what Clara insists are “inaccurate statements”. She has now been sacked.

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

For almost a decade she has been a symbol of resistance by low-paid workers against low pay, insecurity and racism.

Clara plans to appeal her sacking and the RMT union is giving her full support in her battle for reinstatement.

It is extremely important that Clara wins her job back. If she can be sacked then nobody is safe.

Strike to stop victimisations

London Underground drivers were set to strike from 9.30pm this Saturday to 4.30am on Sunday in defence of a sacked colleague, Alex McGuigan.

Alex was sacked last August after failing a random breathalyser test. 

The workers’ RMT union said his diabetes resulted in a “false positive” result.

The RMT has pledged to fight the “despicable” sacking of a Tube worker.

Karen Guyott worked with reasonable adjustments due to her epilepsy.

But bosses have used a Fit for the Future (FFF) questionnaire to dismiss her.

Bosses had previously promised that no worker with reasonable adjustments would “suffer a detriment” under FFF.

RMT members on London Midland have voted by over 90 percent for strikes to defend victimised union member Steve Caldwell.

The union said there has been “a sustained campaign of harassment” against Steve after he raised safety issues.

His appeal has been left hanging as the manager responsible disappeared abroad on a cruise. 

RMT members at Hull Trains have voted by nine to one to defend a colleague.

Bosses claim a “necessary minor reorganisation” is needed that will result in the RMT member facing redundancy. 

The union says the worker is being punished for challenging a senior manager who verbally abused a colleague.

The Tories returned the East Coast rail franchise to private hands last weekend. 

Convicted fraudster Richard Branson’s Virgin and homophobe Brian Souter’s Stagecoach will now run the franchise.

East Coast returned over £1 billion to the Treasury since 2009. Increased profits were reinvested into the service.

The rail workers’ RMT union held protests against the re-privatisation last Saturday. 


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Tue 3 Mar 2015, 16:36 GMT
Issue No. 2443
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