London's most vulnerable and exploited workers are migrant cleaners.
Overwhelmingly, they are not employed by the companies where they clean daily.
Their uniforms are branded with "XYZ Support Services". They are the lessers of a two-tier workforce, and tend to get the worst of all worlds.
"Outsourcing" creates call centers in India, and factories in China — but it also slashes wages and rights for the necessary on-site workers least likely to resist.
These include cleaners, porters, security guards and catering staff — most are migrants, and many undocumented. Lacking English skills in a unforgiving, expensive and Dickensian city, these workers depend on "zero-hour" contracts with the very barest of employment rights.
Rarely staying home when unwell, because Sick Pay is only paid from the fourth consecutive day of absence. Unlikely to ever complain, for fear of hours being "zeroed down" and falling short for food or rent. A culture of widespread abuse, overbearing workloads, chronic stress and undignified conditions.
United Voices of the World was formed on a shoestring in 2014 to transform the lives of precarious workers through organised resistance and a vibrant community. We now have well over 1,000 enthused, empowered and resilient members from some 50 different countries. We're doing what other trade unions don't dare to do — and winning.
We've won stunning victories over Sotheby's, Harrods, the London School of Economics, and firms in the Square Mile.
Read about what we do, and how you can help.