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Tube cleaners strike over lack of Olympic bonus

August 9, 2012

LONDON — A 48-hour strike has been staged by cleaners of the London Underground, the city''s subway system affectionately known by locals as the "Tube," according to the Independent.

The workers, members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and employees of Initial Facilities, decided to strike and mount picket lines over their lack of bonus pay for working during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the story stated.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said, "With the eyes of the world on the London Olympics, the many millions enjoying the events around the globe must not forget the London transport cleaners on minimum pay rates doing some of the dirtiest jobs in often appalling conditions with no Olympics recognition and reward whatsoever."

Tube cleaners are upset because many of their fellow London Underground colleagues — such as conductors receiving the equivalent of an extra $1,500 and auxiliary staffs receiving an additional $1,300 — are set to receive incentive bonuses for working during the Olympics while cleaners are not being rewarded, the story noted.

The cleaners who voted in favor of the strike represent roughly 10 percent of the London Underground’s 1,500 contract employees, the story added.