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Kuwait Investment Office cleaners under attack

Cleaners employed by Julius Rutherfoord at the Kuwait Investment Office are under attack.

Two years ago they won the London Living Wage from Tenon FM, their employer at the time. Now their new employer, Julius Rutherfoord Cleaning, is refusing to honour the agreement.

Julius Rutherfoord is also increasing the cleaners’ workloads.

The cleaners’ rights are supposed to be protected under TUPE regulations, which state that the terms and conditions of workers transferred to a new employer are guaranteed, and can’t be changed without consultation.

Facebook Cleaners Protest – Friday October 9th, 2pm

The Facebook cleaners will be protesting in defence of their jobs on Friday October 9th at 2pm

1 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1FB

Please come along and support them - in a Covid-secure way.

PROTEST SAFELY:

Noonan Bidvest spreads confusion over Facebook redundancy threat

Bidvest Noonan has further confused the situation around its recent threat of cleaning redundancies at Facebook London.

Over the last few weeks, the facilities company has been conducting consultations with cleaners as part of what it describes as a restructuring process which has placed up to 15 cleaning jobs at risk. They say the restructuring is necessary as a result of the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Facebook Cleaners Face Redundancy

Fifteen cleaners at Facebook’s flagship London offices are facing redundancy.

The night shift cleaners, employed by facilities contractor Noonan Bidvest, have been advised their positions are at immediate risk as a result of restructuring. Noonan Bidvest says this is necessary due to the Covid-19 pandemic — at a time when most organisations are recognising the need for more leaning rather than less.

Protests to continue at UEL

After the success of the protests by cleaning workers and academic staff at UEL on the last two Tuesdays, the protests are set to continue over the coming weeks.

The cleaners are campaigning over four basic issues:

  • Unfair pay
  • Rising workloads
  • Cuts to holidays & contracts
  • Favouritism

See our UEL campaign page for more details.

 

Support the Virgo Fidelis cleaners

In a not uncommon move, Virgo Fidelis School changed suppliers for its cleaning contract in 2019.

The cleaning contract is now with Ridge Crest Cleaning, who have tried to enforce illegal changes to cleaners’ terms and conditions.

Needless to say, cleaners at the school are not putting up with this. But Ridge Crest has been intimidating cleaners who resist the changes, for example by disciplining those who refuse to accept the increased workloads.

Trouble at Google

Big trouble is brewing at Google, where a whole lot of issues have been compounded by the suspension of two CAIWU members – the two elected workers’ reps – on dubious grounds.

Mary Hanbury has written about it at length for the Business Insider:

https://www.businessinsider.com/google-london-cleaners-threaten-strike-over-working-conditions-contractors-2019-10?r=US&IR=T

 

AVIVA – so big they named a building after it!

The St Helens building in the City of London used to be called the Aviva tower, after the UK’s biggest general insurance company.

It has a lot of glass, which takes a fair bit of cleaning.

Aviva made a profit of over £3 billion in 2018. But it won’t provide the money to fund reasonable benefits for its cleaners – the kind of benefits most people take for granted. Like sick pay, cover pay, and paid breaks during the day.

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