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Civil rights: London Tube cleaning firm threatens to lock out workers protesting against fingerprint sign-in system

Transport union RMT accuses contractor ISS of 'bullying and intimidating' and a ' fundamental attack on civil liberties'

Tube bosses in London have threatened to lock out cleaners who refuse to book on for shifts using a controversial finger-printing system.

Transport union RMT accused cleaning contractor ISS yesterday of “bullying and intimidation” of its members.

RMT called the finger-printing “a fundamental attack on civil liberties and designed to completely dehumanise the workplace while threatening jobs through automation in the drive for increased profits.”

The union instructed the cleaners not to co-operate with the system after they voted overwhelmingly for industrial action over the issue.

ISS have told staff that if they refuse they will be sent home and locked out of the workplace.

RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash condemned the “appalling attack” on members taking legal industrial action and said: “I have instructed our members to remain at the workplace and not to return home until this situation is resolved.”


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