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Rail union calls for living wage’ for Eurostar cleaners

PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:56 05 October 2010

RAIL union bosses have called for Government intervention in a dispute between Eurostar cleaners and their private company employers. It follows a 48-hour strike demanding the London Living Wage’ and protesting over threatened redundancies

By Mike Brooke

RAIL union bosses have today called for Government intervention in a dispute between Eurostar cleaners and their private cleaning company employers.

It follows last week's 48-hour strike demanding the London 'Living Wage' and protesting over threatened redundancies.

The RMT union has today sent a letter to Transport Secretary Lord Adonis calling for an urgent meeting, pointing out that it is within the Government's power to step in as Eurostar is a publicly-owned company.

The union's General Secretary Bob Crow said: "Other public authorities have successfully intervened to guarantee their contractors pay a living wage. There's no reason why the Government can't do the same for Eurostar."

The union accuses contract employers on the flagship Eurostar of "some of the worst employment conditions in the whole transport industry.


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