London Tube cleaners to strike in pay dispute

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Associated Press

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 8 at 3:31 PM

LONDON (AP) — A British transport union says cleaners working on London's subway network are going on strike in a dispute over pay during the Olympics.

The Rail Maritime and Transport union says members who work as cleaners for two contractors will not work from early Thursday to Saturday. It said that means no cleaners will be working in the part of the subway, or Tube, near the Olympic Park.

Picket lines will be set up outside several Tube stations, including Stratford, the main stop for the Olympic Park.

General secretary Bob Crow said the strike was to protest the "minimum pay rates" that transport cleaners are paid.

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