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Virgin train cleaners on West Coast Mainline to strike

Workers who clean Virgin trains on the West Coast Mainline will stage a 24-hour strike on Friday in a row over pay and union recognition.

Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members employed by Carlisle Cleaning and Support Services will walk out.

The union said 165 out of 175 members voted in favour of action.

Stations affected by the strike include Birmingham New Street, Crewe, London Euston, Glasgow, Manchester, Preston and Wolverhampton.

The cleaners will also refuse to empty train effluent tanks or refill fresh water tanks for 48 hours from the evening of 4 November.

The union said members employed by Carlisle Cleaning voted by 94% in favour of action in the dispute with the company, in protest at a below-inflation pay offer as well as moves to de-recognise the RMT.

General secretary Bob Crow said: "Our members have made it crystal clear with a massive mandate for action that they will not accept a real-terms cut in their already low pay, and will not tolerate their union being de-recognised."

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