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Bakerloo News - February 2015

Bakerloo News is the regular Newsletter for RMT members in the Bakerloo Branch.

In this edition:

  • 2015 pay talks begin: Fighting for a good deal for all staff
  • Taking action against cuts and closures
  • Drivers vote to strike against unfair sacking
  • Q&A on FftF
  • Justice for cleaners: end agency exploitation!
  • Victory for safety at Elephant
  • Reps report.

The scandal of self-employed cleaners on London Underground

LONDON UNDERGROUND FINGERED IN TAX EVASION SCAM

AGS people and LUL are complicit in a tax evasion scam whereby they use the self-employed status of workers to avoid paying employers National Insurance liabilities to HMRC, SSP and holiday pay to the workers and destroy pretty much every right a worker in the UK enjoys.
Workers, even agency workers, have certain rights and protections. A self-employed cleaner has none. I would be interested to see the actual contract between the self-employed and LUL or its sub-contractor, if one even exists.

Interserve Cleaners Dispute Emergency Meeting

To all LT Branches & Activists

A message from John Leach Regional Organiser follows:-

Dear Colleagues

The Cleaning Grades Committee along with myself has agreed to have an emergency meeting on 14th January 2015 at 5pm in Unity House to plan for the Interserve cleaners Dispute. I have therefore been asked by the Cleaning Grades Secretary to circulate this to all branches to ensure full participation of all grades at this meeting.

With best wishes.

John Leach

Interserve Cleaners Dispute Emergency Meeting

To all LT Branches & Activists

A message from John Leach Regional Organiser follows:-

Dear Colleagues

The Cleaning Grades Committee along with myself has agreed to have an emergency meeting on 14th January 2015 at 5pm in Unity House to plan for the Interserve cleaners Dispute. I have therefore been asked by the Cleaning Grades Secretary to circulate this to all branches to ensure full participation of all grades at this meeting.

With best wishes.

John Leach

RMT Cleaners deserve respect, justice and our support

Interserve, the latest outsourced contract cleaning company LUL have tasked with humiliating and treating our cleaners as an underclass of London’s workers.

Previous incumbents of the multi million pound contracts on offer from TfL/LUL/Mayor’s office have failed to pay minimum wage, London Living wage, sick pay, travel allowance to our cleaners.

Interserve are perhaps the worst of the worst.
Non-payment of wages, late payment of wages, no pay slips, statutory sick pay withheld are the headlines in this appalling companies treatment of our comrades and colleagues.

Cleaners At Waterloo Mainline Station To Strike As Scrooge Bosses Continue To Attack Workforce

Following three earlier phases of rock solid action over the past two months, cleaners employed by Interserve, looking after the busy and internationally famous Waterloo Station in London, are to strike again in the New Year over a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations relating to a whole range of fundamental issues including;

  • the unwarranted victimisation and dismissal of RMT members
  • ignorance of basic employment rights and failure to follow agreed procedures
  • underpayment of wages
  • bullying and harassment of staff

The disgraceful treatment of employees continues unabated.

The disgraceful treatment of employees continues unabated.

Our cleaners all over the combine are having to contend with bullying and intimidating managers who routinely abuse agreed policies and procedures including;

• Grievances unheard
• pay illegally deducted
• pay slips not provided
• victimisation
• race discrimination
• targeting of RMT trade union reps for their trade union activities.

RMT Appaled As Police Remove Rep From Depot At Bosses Request

To all London Transport Regional Activists
5th December 2014
Dear Colleagues

Message from John Leach, Regional Organiser
Interserve Dispute – RMT Reps Under Attack

Dear Colleagues

Members will be aware that on 12th November, RMT announced its fight back against injustices on Interserve. Please see the attached press release we put out last month.

Invitation to Central Line East branch AGM

Whatever your grade or work location, there is a very good reason for you to come to your RMT branch's AGM next Thursday (11 December, 17:00-19:15, ex Services club, Harvey Road, Leytonstone)

  • London Underground has announced its schedule for ticket office closures, and the majority of the first tranche of closures are on the Central Line (details here)

Waterloo Interserve Cleaners Strike To Get Paid On Time

Staff at Waterloo Station to strike for a third time on Friday over victimisation and bullying
Following two earlier phases of rock solid action last month, cleaners employed by Interserve, looking after the busy and internationally famous Waterloo Station in London, are to strike again from friday over a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations relating to a whole range of fundamental issues including;

  • the unwarranted victimisation and dismissal of RMT members
  • ignorance of basic employment rights and failure to follow agreed procedures
  • underpayment of wages