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St Pancras station cleaners to strike in pay dispute

Inside St Pancras International station
Image caption The cleaners work for Initial under a Network Rail contract

Workers who clean St Pancras International are to stage two 48-hour strikes in a dispute over pay.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out from 06:00 GMT on Thursday and from the same time on 1 March.

The cleaners, working for Initial on a Network Rail contract, said they had not had a pay rise in four years.

The RMT said the cleaners had now been offered an "insulting" increase of 13p an hour.

'Wish to avoid'

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: "It is a shocking indictment of London as a city that the luxurious terminal is cleaned by an exploited workforce on poverty wages and that Network Rail have done nothing to stop their contractors, Initial, from treating their staff like dirt."

The St Pancras facilities are used by Eurostar, East Midlands, First Capital Connect and Southeastern High Speed, although Eurostar said cleaning of the area it operates from would not be affected.

The union secured a pay rise to £8 an hour for cleaners employed by OCS last week after threatening industrial action and said it would continue to campaign for an increase in the £6.76 an hour paid to Initial staff.

An Initial spokeswoman said: "This is clearly a situation that we wish to avoid, but in preparation we are re-examining our contingency plans to ensure that services to the general public are not affected."

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