Cleaners at London’s Underground refuse fingerprint style clock-in

London Underground cleaners are likely to resort to industrial action, in protest against the presentation of a contentious biometric clocking on system.
Approximately 300 cleaners are likely to protest by defying to scan their fingerprints each time they clock on for work, stated the trade union. The decision is likely to position the workers on a confrontation route with ISS the Danish corporation that employs them.

It was reported by the RMT union that 98% of the 103 staff who responded to the vote were in favour of the plans, which stopped short of demanding an all-out industrial action.
Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, remarked: “Our London underground cleaning members are recommended to resist and pursue the call of the union to take industrial action stopping short of a walk out through declining to use whatever biometric technology whilst clocking on for their shift. We consider the use of biometrics encroaches on the cleaner’s civil liberties, security and the irresistible vote in support of action shows our members’ potency of their feelings on this topic”. “Firm trade union system is the keystone to forestalling this unwelcome process of clocking in and RMT resolve in continuing to expand our rejection to the finger printing system, as a security infringement.

The union is unclear on precisely why finger printing is such a bad scheme. When contacted the RMT, a representative commented; “our staff felt brutalised by the scheme, that it made them feel similar to “slabs of meat”.

The union indicated that represents up to 300 London underground cleaners, and that the company that employs them is bulldozing them to accept the biometric system against their wishes.
RMT as well that proposed finger print clocking on scheme encroached their cleaners’ ‘self-esteem’ and is a clandestine method of adding security measures. The preceding clocking on technique required an automated telephone line and a piece of paper.

El Reg likewise got through to ISS but as yet they have not replied.

The task of cleansing the underground system is looked on as one of the most terrible and lowest paying work in the capital. During 2010, London tube cleaning staff was assured to receive the ‘London Living Wage’, being currently £8.55 an hour. The union as well describes the cleaners work contract as being insecure.

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