Kensington & Chelsea Council

  • For the London Living Wage of £10.20
  • Occupational Sick Pay
  • Parity of terms with in-house staff

UVW members who clean the Kensington and Chelsea town halls submitted a claim for a nearly 25% wage increase from their current poverty wage of £7.83 per hour, to the London Living Wage of £10.20 per hour.

The cleaners are outsourced to Amey, the company to which cleaning services are also outsourced to at Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster councils, which together make up the Tri-borough, a project launched in 2011 to share services across the 3 councils.

A few days after submitting the claim Amey contacted UVW to discuss it with them and confirmed that the council would be considering it this week.

Despite the prompt and positive initial response from the council the cleaners and their union are anything but complacent and are prepared and poised to strike if the council in any way disregards the cleaner's claim.

Furthermore, if RBKC pays the cleaner's the living wage, it will likely have a knock on effect for other workers including receptionists and not just at RBKC but also at Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster councils.

 102 Petty France, Westminster, London SW1H 9AJ   •   Nearest tube - St. james's park

The Ministry of Justice

  • For the London Living Wage of £10.20
  • Occupational Sick Pay
  • 33 days paid leave, new changing rooms

Brave and inspiring cleaners - members of UVW and all of whom are migrants - who work at the MoJ's headquarters at 102 Petty France in Westminster - are set to be balloted to strike if their demands for a living wage, and equality of sick pay and annual leave allowance with civil servants are not met. 

If the strike goes ahead it will mark the first strike of any group of workers at the MoJ and will also mark another dispute for higher wages and better terms and conditions led by migrant workers.

Aside from their pay and terms and conditions the cleaners are also set to strike over the failure of the MoJ to provide them with separate changing rooms for male and female cleaners which has left many of them feeling uncomfortable and often vulnerable.

Furthermore, they are callously overworked due to unnecessary cuts in the numbers of cleaners which has left only 24 to clean the entire MoJ which is spread across 14 floors and 51,000 square feet.

The additional cost of paying the cleaners the living wage would only be £48,000 per year, which is the equivalent of around 1.5 of the average salary of a civil servant.

HCA Healthcare

  • For the London Living Wage of £10.20
  • Occupational Sick Pay
  • Free vaccinations for Hep. B and Tetanus

United Voices of the World members who clean at HCA Healthcare UK - part of the world’s largest private hospital group HCA with revenues of £31 billion - have returned a 100% yes vote in a consultative ballot to strike for the London Living Wage, and Occupational Sick Pay in line with other HCA staff.

They are also demanding basic vaccinations including Hepatitis B and Tetanus which they are currently denied despite regularly coming in direct contact with bodily fluids.

The all-migrant workforce - who are outsourced to Compass Group - have given their employer one week to respond to their request, and one month to implement their demands, following which they will be balloted for an all out strike.

The cleaners work at HCA’s hospitals and outpatient and diagnostic centres, including: HCA at The Shard, The Portland Hospital, London Bridge Hospital, The Lister Hospital, HCA at Guy’s Hospital, The Harley Street Clinic, The Princess Grace Hospital, and The Wellington Hospital.

HCA is a Tory Party donor and part of a the Private Hospitals Alliance which lobbies to privatise the NHS.