More question marks for ABM

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 24/04/2018 - 22:14

The passes used by some ex-ISS supervisors now working for ABM mysteriously stopped working today; their ABM company emails also went down.

It doesn't inspire confidence. In fact, it's starting to resemble the days of cowboy company Blue Diamond, who eventually cut and run from the contract.

Are ABM up to the job? The organisation with the capacity to properly coordinate cleaning on LU and integrate the employment of thousands of cleaners is... LU itself. Bring cleaning back in house!

Unanswered questions for ABM

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 20/04/2018 - 12:18

With all LU cleaning contracts now formally consolidated under ABM, the new company's conduct so far has left many workers with unanswered questions.

Some of these are as fundamental as: who do we actually work for? Tax letters from HMRC say we're employed by... GBM Services Ltd! ABM, a US company, did absorb GBM's UK operation (which held LU cleaning contracts many years ago), but as far as we knew, we were employed directly by ABM, not some subsidiary entity. It makes it hard to assert your rights when you don't even know who your employer is!

Sick pay robbery reversed

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 22/03/2018 - 23:27

RMT's Regional Organiser announced last week that ex-Vinci cleaners transferred onto the new ABM contract will retain their rights to contractual sick pay.

This had been removed in their new ABM contracts, in direct contravention of "TUPE" regulations (the laws governing workers being transferred from one employer to another), which stipulate that existing rights must be retained.

A “fair deal” for cleaners?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 08/03/2018 - 00:56

LU frequently uses its in-house staff magazine On The Move to give itself undeserved pats on the back. This month is no exception, with an article on cleaning claiming the new ABM contract “ensures our cleaning team gets a fair deal”.

“With the new team”, the article runs, “has come new contracts to ensure our cleaners get fair pay and benefits.”

“We have worked closely with contractor ABM to secure entitlements for these vital colleagues who now benefit from fixed contracts, London’s living wage, and holiday entitlement.”

Is ISS shipping in strike-breakers?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 01/02/2018 - 14:58

Cleaners and security workers employed by ISS on the DLR contract struck again today. The strike will last until 3 February; workers have also planned a work-to-rule from 5 February.

The strike follows a successful action on New Year's Eve, and is over a raft of issues; ISS has unilaterally slashed some workers' hours, and has refused to meaningfully negotiate with RMT over pay.

ISS mess

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 18/01/2018 - 08:54

ISS cleaners on the JNP are due to transfer onto the new ABM contract in early February. But workers say the transfer process so far has been a shambles.

ISS cleaners have not been given any ABM uniform, with no sign of it arriving soon, but are being told their ISS uniform must be handed back. No interim provisions have been put in place for the switch from ISS's fortnightly payment system to ABM's monthly one, meaning workers could go 40 days without being paid.

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