As I predicted after the May elections, RMT leader Bob Crow is directly challenging Boris. More than 700 cleaners employed by four sub-contractors are striking, demanding that hourly rates are raising £5.50 to £7.20.

The TfL claim that they “have already reassured all interested parties, notably the trade unions, that we are taking this commitment forward,” but Crow insists that the strikes are necessary.

“London mayor Boris Johnson has stated that all temporary and contracted GLA staff should be paid at least the living wage as the contracts come up for renewal and Tubelines has indicated that it would be willing to enter negotiations on the issues. However, three cleaning companies with contracts with Metronet are currently in talks with TfL right now and paying the London living wage isn’t even on the agenda.”

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