From Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary
I’m writing to you to ask you to support RMT members fighting poverty pay. Network Rail have contracted out the cleaning of six of their stations to an outsourcing company. Our members who clean stations at Edinburgh Waverley, Glasgow Central, Manchester Piccadilly, Liverpool Lime Street, Leeds and Birmingham New Street work for Network Rail but are employed by Mitie Group, one of the biggest outsourcing firms in Britain. At the moment they are paid the National Minimum Wage and they’re fighting to win at least the Real Living Wage.
The treatment of these people is a scandal. Network Rail is a public company that boasts about wanting to be an employer of choice and a place where people are proud to work, yet they set the contract for cleaning these stations at the level of the Minimum Wage. Mitie Group paid their shareholders more than £177 million over the last six years and their CEO Phil Bentley earned £2.2 million last year. Mitie cleaners are struggling to get by on poverty pay.
Their campaign in response has been inspirational. They’ve leafletted and protested at Network Rail stations, they’ve won support from MPs in Westminster and MSPs in Scotland and a 38 Degrees petition launched by RMT has won support from more than 80,000 people.
We want to keep the pressure on Mitie Group and Network Rail and we need your help. Please circulate the link to the petition among your delegates and on any email lists you have. Let’s push this petition up and help these low paid workers win a real Living Wage.
The petition link is here: http://bit.ly/mitiecleaners. Please circulate the link among your affiliates, share it on social media and ask your affiliates to do the same.
Thank you for your solidarity
General Secretary, RMT