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Pickets joined by Leeds TUSC banner and supporters outside Leeds train station

Pickets joined by Leeds TUSC banner and supporters outside Leeds train station

Cleaners working for ISS on the East Coast mainline took strike action in Leeds today, 8th August, alongside workers at Newcastle and Kings Cross stations in their fight for a living wage. The RMT members have been involved in a long running dispute with the cleaning contractor to award them the hourly living wage rate set by academics at Loughborough University.

Iain Dalton, Leeds Socialist Party

Previous strikes had secured the London living wage rate for ISS contracted cleaners at Kings Cross, but the union is fighting to get the living wage paid at other depots across the country. A similar position had recently been won for cleaners on the West Coast mainline.

The mood on the picket line was bouyant with members taking strike for the first time. The vast majority of strikers were expected to attend the picket line, alongside other supportive members of the Leeds City RMT branch.

The presence of a TUSC banner, which a donation from the branch towards the recent TUSC local election campaign helped fund, was welcomed on the picket line. Further action is due to take place next week, and alongside the return of the TUSC banner the pickets were discussing having their own strike banner to hammer home their message that they, like all workers, deserve a living wage.

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