Arriva Trains Wales cleaners strike is reinstated

A 24-hour strike by train cleaners for Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) is back on after a row over pay was not resolved.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union working for contractors Churchill's, who clean trains for ATW, will walk out for 24 hours on Wednesday.

The cleaners were due to strike on the day of the Wales v England Six Nations rugby game earlier this month.

But the action was suspended after an improved offer was made.

Now, the strike has been reinstated after RMT general secretary Bob Crow said the offer did not eliminate "the scourge of poverty pay".

Mr Crow said: "Despite the best efforts of RMT negotiators, and following massive pressure from our campaign on this issue and some significant movement, the union has been unable to extract an offer from Churchill's that secures our core objective."

He said the union has confirmed talks for early this week and it was "now down to the company to come forward with an offer that can end this dispute."

An spokeswoman for Arriva Trains Wales said the dispute was between Churchill's and RMT.

She said: "Arriva Trains Wales does not determine the pay and conditions of any contractors' staff. Arriva Trains Wales plans a normal service delivery should a strike take place on Wednesday 27th March."

The strike us due to start at 00:01 GMT on Wednesday.

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