What we do

The Cleaners & Allied Independent Workers Union is a revolutionary trade union run by and for its members. We represent around 1,500 cleaning and facilities workers across the capital, and our membership is growing all the time.

We have organised a great many successful workers’ campaigns. Among other things, we’ve helped our members win the Living Wage, improved holiday allowances, and reinstatements following unfair dismissals.

We help workers to organize in all kinds of workplaces, from huge firms like Google and Facebook to the smallest.

CAIWU is not a typical trade union. We have no top-heavy bureaucracy, and no affiliations other than to our members.

We do everything we do on our own terms.

Above all, CAIWU belongs to our members.


How can we help you?

  • Representations & Consultations
    Many problems at work result from workers not having proper representation. Our experienced reps can help you in all kinds of workplace situations, including disciplinary processes, redundancy consultations and contract transfers.
  • Living Wage
    We have helped workers all over the capital to campaign for and win the London Living Wage, making their lives more secure and sustainable.
  • Workplace organisation
    Are you having trouble with your bosses and managers? We can help you and your colleagues to form a union branch, get organised, and campaign for your rights
  • Language Exchange
    Our weekly language exchange can help you practice and improve your English and other language skills
  • Social activities
    Join us in a whole range of regular social activities – from barbeques and dancing to talks and bus trips. Meet workers from other places, share your stories, and make new friends.

To find out more, why not contact us?