London Tube cleaners to strike in pay dispute

The woman behind the gentle, even voice which warns London's subway commuters to "Mind the gap" was fired after telling a newspaper she thought the transit network was dreadful.

August 8, 2012 12:05:33 PM PDT
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.