London's most vulnerable and exploited workers are migrant cleaners.
Typically, 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 black/minority ethnic. Lacking English skills in an unforgiving Dickensian city, these workers survive on "zero-hour" contracts with the very barest of employment rights.
Rarely staying home when unwell, because Sick Pay won't pay the bills (and not a penny for the first three days of absence). Unlikely to ever complain, for fear of hours being "zeroed down" and falling short for food or rent. A culture of widespread abuses, overbearing workloads, chronic stress and undignified conditions.
United Voices of the World is a grassroots trade union transforming the lives of precarious workers through bold campaigning and a vibrant community, since 2014. We now represent over 1,000 enthused and empowered members from some 50 different countries. We're doing what other trade unions don't dare to do — and winning.
We've had stunning victories over Sotheby's, Harrods, the London School of Economics, a Ferrari dealership, and firms in the Square Mile.
Here's how you can help.