Notoriously exploitative outsourcing contractor Mitie has robbed cleaners on Merseyrail of wages.
Bosses have announced they're withdrawing from a recent agreement, due to be backdated to July 2019, to increase wages to £9/hour. This will leave cleaners £500 out of pocket and around £1,000 worse off per year than they should be.
As they are across the transport industry, cleaners on Merseyrail are absolutely on the front line of efforts to confront coronavirus. Mitie's actions would be scandalous in "ordinary" times. In the midst of a pandemic, they are utterly obscene.
RMT has rightly issued a statement opposing the move. Direct action must be discussed. Although no transport worker would take industrial action lightly at a time like this, that option must be on the table.