ABM: More of the same Tubeworker Mon, 10/16/2017 - 23:56

We're a month into the new "super-contract" for cleaning, with American firm having taken over from Interserve (the transfer of ISS staff to ABM is due to take place in February), and it very much seems to be a case of "meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

Cleaners report that the scandal of short payment is continuing, with workers finding their pay packets considerably lighter than they should be.

This is theft: there is no excuse for any employer to pay their workers less than they are owed.

The age of ABM Tubeworker Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:20

LU's "super contract" for outsourced cleaning work is finally here, and American firm ABM has taken over contracts previously run by Interserve, ISS, and Vinci.

Interserve turns the screws

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 06/06/2017 - 20:52

Union reps and activists at Interserve are reporting an uptick in workers being hauled in for disciplinaries, with bosses often attempting to take advantage of an assumed lack of knowledge of their rights on the part of some cleaners.

RMT has issued the following advice to its members: "If you are called in for a disciplinary hearing, or a so called ‘fact finding’ which you think might lead to a disciplinary hearing you must immediately contact your union representative and ask them to accompany you to the 'investigation'."

Bought And Sold

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 04/29/2017 - 17:50

ISS cleaners on the JNP contract have received letters from the company informing them that ISS will not be retaining its contract beyond 2017. The letters explain the "Transfer Undertakings (Protection of Employment" (TUPE) regulations under which ISS cleaners will be transferred over to a new employer. Who that new employer will be, however, ISS either doesn't know, or isn't telling.

ISS: Give Us Our Holidays Back!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 02/20/2017 - 23:03

ISS cleaners checked this year's annual leave allocation and found that they are missing a day.

The system shows 27 instead of 28 days. ISS seems to have nicked a day from every cleaner and has not yet responded to RMT's request for an explanation.

Tubeworker is pretty sure we can explain: penny-pinching on holiday pay means more profit for ISS off the backs of the cleaners.

Cleaners For Sale

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:29

ISS, one of the major contractors on London Underground, has given notice that 31 December will be the last day of their contract. ISS cleaners have no idea who they'll be working for after that. Vinci has also served notice. Although Interserve is thought to be a leading bidder for the new "super contract", Interserve cleaners have no firm information either. We will all be sold off to the highest (or, in fact, the cheapest!) bidder like modern-day slaves.

Interserve's job cut hit station safety

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 11/19/2016 - 11:59

Interserve's latest job cuts are affecting station safety. With weather issues such as rain, build up of leaves, and potential frost and ice beginning to affect open-section stations at this time of year, forcing one cleaner to clean up to four stations means vital cleaning isn't getting done.

If a passenger or members of staff is injured in an avoidable accident due to water or rubbish build up on a station, we need to make sure our unions place the blame squarely where it belongs: at the feet of Interserve and their disastrous job cuts policy.


Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 11/17/2016 - 23:59

LU workers and contractors who risk coming into contact with rats and mice in bin rooms and machines chambers are meant to be issued with medical briefing cards about leptospirosis (Weil's disease).

Some AGS agency cleaners on the Bakerloo, Central, and Victoria Lines have been denied these cards. AGS say it's Interserve's responsibility to provide them; Interserve say the agency must do it. Tubeworker would like to knock AGS and Interserve's proverbial heads together. Their buck-passing is putting cleaners' health at risk.