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Blue Diamond rip off tube cleaners

Issue No. 1989

Cleaning contractor Blue Diamond lost a multi-million pound contract to clean the London tube after they ripped off up to £150,000 from hundreds of low paid workers.

Blue Diamond, Britain’s largest private cleaning firm had been paying about 400 workers a mere £5.05 per hour instead of the agreed £5.50.

The three-year contract, which started in October last year, was for cleaning the District, Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City and East London lines.

That meant workers had 45p an hour stolen from them for more than four months. Metronet. which runs the infrastructure of London Underground, cancelled the multi-million pound contract after an investigation by the T&G union.

Blue Diamond claimed it intended to “work towards” the £5.50 minimum wage.

Kobena is originally from Ghana and worked as a cleaner for Blue Diamond. Kobena told Socialist Worker, “I have a degree and work 54 hours a week. The last company were stealing our wages.

“We have to make sure that the new company don’t do the same. Even if they do pay £5.50, I still have to pay to my travel on the underground out of that.”

Metronet has given the contract to Rentokil.


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Sat 25 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1989
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