Support Clara Osigiede! Picket This Thursday

Clara Osagiede, who spoke at our event last Saturday about Migrant workers, is an RMT representative employed by Initial Cleaning Services on London Underground. On 4th March 2011 Clara witnessed members being forced to clean graffiti off a tube train in the ‘acid shed’ at Hainault Depot. Aware that the staff involved had no appropriate training to carry out what could be a very hazardous task she raised concerns with the manager on duty who told her it was none of her business and to get out of his office.

There is a picket this Thursday 26th May at 2pm outside the Initial-Rentokil offices in Brunswick place Old Street Tube (exit 1).

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Clara explained she was a Health and Safety rep and that it was her business. The manager became aggressive and shoved her out of hte office slamming a door behind her. She reported the incident to other management and to British Transport Police. The manager was suspen ded but not for long. A few days later Clara reported for work to find the manager back at work without due internal processes being completed. Terrified she withdrew to a safe place of work locking herself in an office. Clara is now suspended for standing up for vulnerable workers being made to undertake dangerous duties in the acid shed for which they are not trained.

Clara had previously faced trumped up charges ‘of gross misconduct’  by bosses have not hidden their desire to break the union. Clara has been a breath of fresh air in the labour movement in London and an inspiration to many workers.  She was at the forefront of organising the cleaners and played a leading role in the pioneering strikes in July 2008 across the London Underground to secure the living wage.

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