Train cleaners’ pay walkout

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CLEANERS on two major rail franchises through South Yorkshire have announced a 48-hour strike in disputes over pay and conditions.

The RMT union, which represents affected staff, says the walkouts will take place all day on Friday and Saturday.

Strikes affect separate contractors working for First TransPennine Express and East Coast.

Workers at two other rail cleaning contractors are also striking.

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, said: “Each dispute has the same issue at its core – greedy private contractors who seek to exploit their workforce and offer poverty pay, while creaming off fat profits for the company shareholders.

“These are all long-running disputes where the train operators and the passenger transport authorities have washed their hands of the issue and refused responsibility.”

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