Mass rally in Newcastle marks end of Metro cleaners’ strike

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METRO cleaners will bring a fortnight of strike action to a close today with a mass rally at a meeting of the authority responsible for running the system.

Members of the RMT union were due to protest outside a meeting of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority in Newcastle this morning.

The union has been at loggerheads with cleaning contractor Churchill – which caries out cleaning for Metro operator DB Regio – for more than a year.

The dispute is thought to be the longest running in the UK and has involved more than 30 days of strike action.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow attacked councillors for their failure to support the workers, saying they “should hang their heads in shame”.