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Hundreds of cleaners to strike for pay justice on London railways

HUNDREDS of cleaners on rail services across London and the south-east will down tools and rally outside Parliament next week to demand pay justice.

The cleaners will strike for 24 hours on Wednesday, affecting trains and stations on Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar and HS1 services.

The RMT union has won a series of strike votes across the rail network in the region, some resulting in 100 per cent support for strike action.

Cleaners employed by contractor Churchill are paid the minimum wage of £8.91 an hour and in some cases the living wage of £9.50.

RMT says they will need a rise of up to £1,395 a year just to keep up with December’s RPI inflation rate of 7.5 per cent.

Union general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Our members’ already scandalously low pay is being eaten away and they are justifiably not putting up with it any longer.”

Churchill was invited to comment.

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