TubeLines has announced a cut of one-fifth in the value of its cleaning contract. This can only lead to attacks on cleaners' jobs and already-appalling terms and conditions, and to (even) worse standards of cleaning and therefore of safety.
Here's RMT's press release ...
LONDON UNDERGROUND fat-cat consortium Tubelines has ordered a massive cut in its station- and train-cleaning contract, the Tube's biggest union has learned.
RMT today called on Transport for London to step in to prevent a move that would cost 100 jobs at scrooge cleaning contractor ISS and would result in dirtier stations and trains on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.
"Today we learned that Tubelines has ordered a 20 per cent cut in the value of its cleaning contract," RMT general secretary Bob Crow said today.
"Tube cleaners are already appallingly paid, but this move will mean a massive cull of 100 jobs and further hardship for those that remain.
"It will also mean filthy stations because ISS have also been told to redeploy people from station cleaning to carriage cleaning.
"Tubelines and ISS have already been making a killing on the Tube at Londoners' expense, but this time TfL must step in to stop them from sqeezing their cleaning contract dry.
"RMT will use whatever means it has to to resist attacks on jobs, but TfL must tell Tubelines that it cannot impose this massive cut," Bob Crow said.