Cleaners Strike On Great Western Railway

16 December 2016, 10:15 | Updated: 16 December 2016, 10:17

Cleaners on Great Western Railway are staging the first of two 24-hour strikes in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union employed by contractors Servest UK walked out at 6am on Friday December 16 and will strike from the same time a week later.

The dispute, involving almost 200 workers, is over a number of issues including pay, annual leave and the use of agency workers.

The union is calling for agency workers to be made members of GWR staff to end the current situation of a ``two tier'' workforce.

The workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: ``RMT will not stand by while they are mercilessly exploited by privateers, while rail companies fill their coffers as fares soar through the roof.''

A delegation of cleaners will hand in a petition to the rail firm's office in Swindon.