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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:00 PM

London Underground cleaners stage two-day strike

Source: The Guardian

London Underground cleaners have begun a two-day strike in protest at being paid below the capital's living wage.

The staff cleaners are also paid well below the rate offered to agency cleaners brought in as cover for the New Year's Eve and New Year's Day action.

The Rail Maritime and Transport union issued a message appealing to agency workers not to break its members' strike which was posted in English, Polish and Russian. The RMT said its members, on 8.30 an hour rather than the 8.55 an hour estimated as the London living wage, should be on 12.50 an hour.

A leaflet distributed at stations by the striking workers explained their action: "We will not tolerate low pay in this day and age, nor being treated like second-rate people.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/dec/31/london-underground-cleaners-strike

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alp227 Dec 2012 OP
starroute Dec 2012 #1
PaulaFarrell Jan 2013 #3
JCMach1 Jan 2013 #2
Nihil Jan 2013 #4
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #5
JCMach1 Jan 2013 #6

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:19 PM

1. So the 8.30 they're getting is equivalent to US $13.50

And the 12.50 they want is equivalent to US $20.32.

So how badly screwed are American workers by comparison?



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Response to starroute (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 02:10 AM

3. That may be the exchange rate

But it doesn't reflect the cost of living - for example my daughter pays about 750 a month to share a flat in London. Apprx 1200 per month less taxes less rent does not leave a lot left over - it's called a 'living wage' because anyhting less and you won't be able to afford food and essentials. On the plus side health care is free.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 12:48 AM

2. who knew they actually cleaned the place....

Guess you get what you pay for.

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Response to JCMach1 (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 08:23 AM

4. My money is on no-one noticing ...

... should be amusing to see how much attention (never mind "sympathy") they get
from the people who have to travel on those wastebins every day ...

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Response to Nihil (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 08:42 AM

5. Last time I used the tube was 2000.

So doubt if I'd notice.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 09:01 AM

6. I use the tube every time I go to London... Funny how you can tell which

European city you are in even when you close your eyes on the metro.

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