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RMT Merseyrail cleaners to protest private employment contracts

MERSEYRAIL cleaners will stage a protest on Saturday to demand that their jobs be taken out of the hands of a notorious privateer.

Members of rail union RMT want to be put back into direct employment with publicly owned Merseyrail after a long fight against contractor Mitie’s poverty pay.

General secretary Mick Lynch said: “All over the country, RMT is building campaigns to bring to an end the outsourcing of cleaning.

“Outsourcing is a failed political dogma that has brought with it profiteering and exploitation in this essential service. Conditions for these workers will never properly improve until they are brought in-house.

“The Covid pandemic has proven beyond any doubt the crucial role of cleaners, who are front-line workers in the transport industry, and public sympathy for their cause is growing.

“Merseyrail cleaners are essential workers who deserve a real living wage and the union will be backing them all the way until they get it.”

The protest will take place at Liverpool Central station from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

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