uvw’S MOST AMBITIOUS CAMPAIGN SO FAR STARTED WITH THE CLEANERS, SOON ADDED THE SECURITY GUARDS AND RECEPTIONISTS, AND SEEKS TO BRING THE LONDON LIVING WAGE TO ALL OUTSOURCED AND DIRECTLY-EMPLOYED STAFF IN THE ENTIRE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE. OTHER MINISTRIES MAY FOLLOW SHORTLY AFTER OUR EVENTUAL VICTORY!
Migrant outsourced workers at the MoJ are planning innovative strike tactics, including joint strikes, to achieve their demands
In January 2019, security guards, receptionists and cleaners at the Ministry of Justice, represented by UVW, walked out on strike together with support staff from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), represented by Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union.
It was the first coordinated strike between TUC and non-TUC unions, and the first coordinated strike between outsourced workers in multiple government departments. They had announced two strike days, but turned up for work on the second day to create disturbance and extra paperwork in the offices of MoJ bosses and those of the contractor, OCS.
They are demanding the London Living Wage of £10.55/hour, plus parity of sick pay and annual leave allowance with civil servants. These brave workers have been organising for well over a year, and so far have only been offered a small pay rise to £9/hour.
All the MoJ’s outsourced staff are migrant workers, principally from Africa, Latin America and Asia. Under UVW’s banner they are demonstrating their ability to lead the fight for a living wage for all workers in London and beyond!