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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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