The workforce that underpins the smooth running of London’s economy – the cleaners and security staff – will be raising its profile and celebrating its successes at King’s Cross station in London on Monday (16 June).
The workers, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, will be handing out leaflets to the sounds of a Latin American band at King’s Cross from 08:00 to 10:00 on Monday. The event is part of the Justice for Cleaners campaign.
Unite has been fighting for its cleaning staff so that they receive the London ‘living wage’, currently £8.80 an hour in the capital; bank holidays; and sickness pay. However, the union estimates that only 20 per cent of London’s 20,000-strong cleaning workforce receives the ‘living wage’.
Unite regional officer Jose Vallejo Villa said: “We have made progress in winning better pay, and terms and conditions for cleaning and security staff – but there is still much to do.
“On Monday, we are celebrating the success we have achieved for this group of hardworking employees, who underpin the smooth running of London, from the big financial institutions in the City to the transport system.”
The King’s Cross event is one of about 40 similar ones being held across the world as part of the Uni Global Union’s celebration of International Justice Day for Cleaners and Security Guards. Unite represents about 2,000 cleaners and about 1,000 security staff in London.
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 and/or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.