Reinstate Aoua now - SACKED FOR BEING SICK!

Aoua was summarily sacked after over 18 months on the job by her bosses at Cleanology for "cleaning standards" and bogus claims of unauthorised absences, without any notice, process, hearing or right of appeal. We think she was discriminated against because of her race.

Cleaners at the Department of Education demand equality

The cleaners at the Department for Education (DfE) are being treated like second class workers by the government and its contractors and they won’t put up with it.


Total Clean summarily sacked Gabriela, a cleaner and single mother from Peru, just before Christmas 2023, for eating a left-over tuna sandwich from a lawyers meeting at a top city law firm. Her bosses called it ‘theft”. UVW’s #tunagate solidarity protest at Devonshires Solicitors unleashed a media storm and caught the world's attention.

Justice for Teresa

The Dorchester sacked Teresa, a cloakroom attendant for failing to replenish a soap dispenser and pick up carpet fluff with a lint roll. The hotel said they dismissed her due to the seriousness of the alleged offences. UVW union believes leniency is seldom afforded to Black, brown or migrant workers, with the threat of dismissal constantly hanging over them.

Amazon delivery drivers fight for their stolen wages

Spanish Amazon Delivery drivers victims of a migrant workers scam take bosses to court

STRIKES: Low-paid & migrant workers fight back

Cleaners, carers and concierge from nine different workplaces strike together for better pay, working conditions and respect at work!!

Amazon warehouse cleaners deserve fair pay

Latin American workers that clean the warehouses of billionaire global giant Amazon in Dartford say no to poverty pay.

Cleaners at La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls’ School want to keep their hours

Cleaners at La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls’ School want changes to their working hours scrapped

Migrant, night-shift cleaners at Ogilvy UK fight for equality

Night shift workers that clean the offices of global media powerhouse Ogilvy in the historic Sea Containers building on the Southbank are striking for fair pay and full pay sick pay.

Cleaners at the LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS fight for holiday pay

The cleaners at the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE) are being denied holiday pay that mirrors their normal salary.

Care workers at Sage Nursing Home fight for £14 an hour and sick pay

Care workers, domestic and maintenance staff at Sage Nursing home in North London are calling for an improved sick pay scheme, a pay rise that reflects inflation, and enhancement for weekend and night shift work.

Cleaners at Streatham and Clapham High School fight for equality

The cleaners at Streatham & Clapham High School (SCHS), an exclusive private school in South London say "BASTA YA" to being treated as second class workers.

Support ASIRT workers fight to save their jobs

Workers at refugee and migrant support charity, ASIRT, in Birmingham are fighting to save their jobs and a much needed service after trustees decided to close the charity down, after a request for trade union recognition was denied.

Bar staff at St James Tavern deserve better

Bar staff at St James Tavern in Brighton are demanding better pay and conditions, job security and respect at work. They are on low-wage, irregular contracts and have no full pay sick pay.

Security guards at GOSH are fighting for equality

Security guards at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) are denied the same annual leave, sick leave, and career progression as other NHS workers.

200 Gray's Inn Road

Cleaners at the headquarters of Channel 4 and ITV are forced to come into work when sick because their employer refuses to give them full pay sick pay. But they won’t give up until they win their fight for sick pay and equality and respect in the workplace.

St George’s, University of London

Outsourced onto levels of pay and terms and conditions which fall far below those enjoyed by their largely white and in-housed colleagues, these security guards at St. George’s, University of London, are refusing to take racial discrimination lying down.

Ministry of Justice

Paid poverty wages, given gruelling workloads, denied full pay sick pay, and abandoned and ignored in the middle of a deadly pandemic, these cleaners have refused to be beaten. They are fighting to be made direct employees of the Ministry of Justice.

Our victories 💥

VICTORY 💥 2024

Cleaners at PRIVATE SCHOOL in BLACKHEATH FIGHT poverty pay

Cleaners at a private school in South London won an inflation busting 15% pay rise, full pay sick pay and improved working conditions after workers returned a unanimous vote to strike.

VICTORY 💥 2023

Mercedes-Benz showroom cleaners fight for £13 an hour

Migrant cleaners working at the Mercedes-Benz showroom in Colindale say no to poverty wages.

VICTORY 💥 2023

Cleaners and concierge at luxury apartments fight for respect

The outsourced cleaning and concierge workers at the luxury flats complex of West End Quays in central London refuse to accept the long-term unfair real terms pay cut and inadequate working conditions.

VICTORY 💥 2022

Support Latchmere Leisure Centre cleaners fight for £12

Cleaners at Latchmere Leisure Centre in Battersea are demanding a living wage, an occupational sick pay scheme and trade union recognition.

VICTORY 💥 2022

Riverside cleaners say "IIt's time for £12!"

The cleaners at Riverside Quarter, a large luxury residence in Wandsworth, London, are demanding a dignified pay rate and better terms and conditions.

VICTORY 💥 2021


Restaurant workers at Harrods, London’s emblematic luxury department store, have won a huge pay rise of almost 25% for hundreds of waiting and kitchen staff. The win is one of the most significant in the history of hospitality in the UK and establishes a new benchmark for pay in the sector.

VICTORY 💥 2021

Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital

Having already won a string of concessions, such as NHS pay, sick pay, pensions last year in an historic fight to end outsourcing, workers then found out that GOSH had failed to give them full NHS parity. The workers voted to take strike action and NHS bosses conceded to their demands for full NHS workers’ rights.

VICTORY 💥 2021

Strike at Sage - Quality care deserves quality pay

UVW members, care, domestic and maintenance workers at Sage Nursing home in North London declared a huge victory after a protracted dispute over poverty pay and decent working conditions. Winning the London Living Wage, resulting in a minimum pay rise of 11% for some workers and all other staff a rise of 5%.

VICTORY 💥 2020

La Retraite school

Cleaners at La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls’ School won full pay sick pay, a 24% wage increase, improvements to health and safety and much more in what was set to be the longest school cleaners strike in UK history!

VICTORY 💥 2020

Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital

Hundreds of BAME and migrant cleaners at this world-renowned children's hospital fought back against racial discrimination and an end to outsourcing... And won! GOSH agreed to the workers' demands in December 2020!

VICTORY 💥 2020

Ark Globe Academy

Cleaners who are mainly from Latin America and work at Ark Globe Academy in South London had their wages stolen and were bribed with PPE in exchange for leaving UVW. But they overcame the odds with direct action to win a stunning victory!

VICTORY 💥 2019


With their glitzy flagship store located in the heart of New Bond Street and surrounded by other big name brands, Chanel thought it could get away with paying its cleaners poverty wages and leaving them understaffed and victimising a workplace organiser, but oh how wrong they were!

VICTORY 💥 2019

University of Greenwich

Literally worked to the point of collapse and exhaustion, these outsourced University of Greenwich café workers decided enough was enough and that action was in order. They demanded full pay sick pay and an end to poverty wages and unfair workloads. After taking several days of bold strike and direct action which saw them disrupt a graduation ceremony, they won!

VICTORY 💥 2019

The Royal Parks

They may be entrusted with the upkeep of the Queen’s parks and iconic London landmarks, but the way these workers have been treated by French contractor VINCI Facilities is less than royal. So they went on strike!

VICTORY 💥 2019

St Mary's Hospital

In a historic and groundbreaking victory, 200 cleaners, caterers, and porters, all BAME and migrant workers and outsourced to French multinational Sodexo, took on Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and demanded to be made direct employees of the NHS and won!

VICTORY 💥 2018

Royal Borough of Kensington

In 2018, cleaners at Kensington and Chelsea Council, the UK’s wealthiest local authority, went on strike to demand the London Living Wage, full pay sick pay and an end to their poverty wages of £7.83. Through strike action, storming a council meeting, and forcing management to negotiate on the picket line, they soon won!

VICTORY 💥 2018

Orion Recycling

This group of Peruvian workers at an Orion Recycling facility in East London were underpaid, mistreated, and had their health put in danger by a negligent and callous manager. Denied full pay sick pay and deprived of on-site showers and basic necessities, these workers finally decided enough was enough and took matters into their own hands.

VICTORY 💥 2018

The Daily Mail

Renowned for its racist and xenophobic headlines, the Daily Mail’s contempt for migrants also extended to the cleaners in its own offices who were outsourced onto poverty wages of £7.50 an hour. But when the cleaners fought back the story took a turn that this Murdoch owned paper wasn’t expecting!

VICTORY 💥 2017

HR Owen (Ferrari dealership)

In a David vs Goliath battle, UVW members Freddy and Angelica, a married couple from Ecuador, took on luxury sports car dealer HR Owen and beat the odds; overcoming intimidation, unlawful dismissal, and winning the London Living Wage.

VICTORY 💥 2017

London School of Economics

In a dispute and victory which was the first of its kind, outsourced cleaners at the London School of Economics, all of whom were BAME and primarily migrants, fought back against institutional racism and demanded to be made direct employees of the university. In what was then the biggest cleaners strike in UK history, these heroes became the first group of workers to force a British university to end the practice of outsourcing cleaners!

VICTORY 💥 2016

100 Wood Street

Owned by Amancio Ortega, the richest man in Europe, and located in the heart of the City of London, and home to financial giants JP Morgan and Schroders, 100 Wood Street did not know what had hit it when UVW members embarked on the longest strike in the history of the City of London.

VICTORY 💥 2016


Topshop, part of the Arcadia Group owned by tax cheat Sir Phillip Green, had outsourced its cleaners onto poverty wages and the lowest terms and conditions legally possible. But when the cleaners began to fightback, management got a lot more than it bargained for.

VICTORY 💥 2016


Only a minority of the generous tips left for chefs and waiters in the luxury restaurants of Harrods emporium were going to staff. But the workers weren't going to accept their money being stolen without a fight!

VICTORY 💥 2015


In the heart of well-heeled Mayfair, Sotheby’s management thought they could pull a fast one on UVW members by rowing back on commitments to the London Living Wage, reinstatements, and fair workloads. But after several weeks of demonstrations and protests the workers walked away with the London Living Wage and full pay sick pay!

VICTORY 💥 2015

The Barbican Centre

UVW members at The Barbican Centre were paid poverty wages, but fought back and won not only the London Living Wage for themselves, but the entirety of the outsourced facilities staff contracted by the Barbican’s owner, the City of London.


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