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Improved offer in Metro workers' pay fight
Following a successful 24-hour strike on 7 June - that completely halted the Tyne and Wear Metro - drivers, ticket inspectors and engineering workers covered by the Red Book Agreement were offered an improved pay award along with travel concessions on other train operating companies.
Further action has been suspended while workers consider the offer.
In a separate Metro dispute, Churchill cleaners are set to continue their struggle in support of a victimised worker and against a 0% pay offer, which stingy Churchill bosses had the audacity to describe as generous! This is despite Churchill's pre-tax profits increasing by a massive 81%.
RMT regional organiser Micky Thompson expressed his "concern and frustration" at the local media who were quick to attack striking train drivers for being 'well paid', but had not reported Churchill cleaning staff fighting against poverty wages.
Micky went on to say: "It is immoral that on a publicly funded Metro these poverty wages exist.
"Despite a supporting resolution from the TUC, pressure from the RMT and public support, Churchill Contract Services have not once responded, or attempted to contact us."
You can tell Churchill Cleaning Services what you think by emailing: Regional Director: firstname.lastname@example.org; Senior Area Manager: Louisa.Clarke@churchillservices.com; Operations Manager: Mark.Whyte@churchillservices.com
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