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Wales and England rugby fans face train cleaners strike

Cleaners for Arriva Trains Wales will stage a 24-hour walkout over pay on the day Wales play England in rugby's Six Nations.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union employed by contractors will strike on 16 March, the last day of the 2013 tournament.

The match is expected to draw huge crowds to Cardiff's Millennium Stadium and city bars, many coming by train.

The union said the action was part of a campaign against a zero pay rise.

The cleaners employed by contractor Churchill voted by a margin of 9-1 in favour of industrial action after the union accused the contractors of refusing to offer any increase in pay.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "This battle on Arriva Trains Wales is now seen as having national significance in the campaign against low pay and exploitation by greedy companies, and RMT will continue to ratchet up the pressure for fairness for this important group of Welsh transport staff as part of our national cleaners' campaign.

"In the face of the insulting zero pay offer from the company, our members have had no option but to fight back in the battle to eliminate poverty pay, and that is why they will be striking next Saturday."

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