UVW expects to call out over 150 of our members on strike in the coming months across a state department, a major hospital, two universities, the Royal parks and two corporate buildings.
These workers are almost entirely migrant workers, predominantly women from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America working as outsourced cleaners, security guards, porters and caterers. They will be striking for the first time in their lives.
Their demands range from the London Living Wage of £10.55, to improved sick pay, extra annual leave, and in some cases, full equality of all terms, conditions and pay grades with in-house staff.
With so many workers gearing up for simultaneous strike action against some of the most miserly and unscrupulous contractors around, they will need every penny of solidarity in order to keep their strikes and campaigns running until victory. This strike fund is their lifeline!
Please support the rise of migrant workers against poverty pay and inequality!
THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE: Cleaners, security & receptionists outsourced to OCS have used innovative strike tactics in a protracted struggle
They are demanding the London Living Wage of £10.55 and parity of sick pay / 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 are migrants from Africa, Latin America and Asia.
ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL: More than 80 cleaners outsourced to Sodexo have joined UVW recently
These cleaners have all joined UVW in the last month alone (with more joining every day) to build towards a mass strike for the Living Wage and equality with hospital staff. They are migrants from countries including Lithuania, Philippines, Colombia, Hungary, Nigeria and Nepal, all organised by two women!
KING’S CROSS DEVELOPMENT: Cleaners outsourced to JPC are organising colleagues across a huge industrial area in St. Pancras
They are demanding the London Living Wage of £10.55 for their services in and around Grade-A office space, Google’s UK headquarters, major public transport links, lucrative constructions, a hospital and university.
ST. GEORGE’S UNIVERSITY: Security guards outsourced to Noonan are being overworked, underpaid, and denied equal rights
Our members working as outsourced security guards are victims of a two-tier workforce which has seen them severely overworked and disrespected. In addition, their terms and conditions remain on the pernicious statutory minimums, whilst university staff enjoy generous holiday allowances, pensions and sick pay schemes.
CHANEL: Cleaners outsourced to Bayleaf have won their Living Wage demand, but demand the reinstatement of unfairly suspended colleague
They are promised the London Living Wage from September after last-minute concessions on the eve of a major protest in swanky New Bond Street, where Chanel’s neighbours include Dior, Hermes and Vuitton. However, they have been successfully balloted to strike if there is any delay in their pay raise or the reinstatement of their colleague Carmen, who was victimised for her leading role in organising the cleaners.
UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH: Almost all the cafeteria workers outsourced to BaxterStorey are united in their fight for the Living Wage
On the back of the threat of strike action by our amazing members (first-time unionists) who work as caterers at Greenwich University through the contractor BaxterStorey, our members have been offered a 50p pay rise — backdated to September 2018 — and they've offered to meet with us twice a year "to stay connected". We're now going to drag them to the CAC to get formal recognition. They have also agreed to implement the London Living Wage by August 2020, but we want it in 2019!
We'll also be putting in massive claims for unpaid overtime and fight to end the chronic under-staffing that plagues all outsourcing companies. Some of the team have had to work up to 80 hours a week to finish the work expected of them. This led to one of the chefs collapsing the other day after work from complete exhaustion, and being admitted to hospital.
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS: After UVW successfully brought hundreds of cleaners in-house in 2017, over 110 are still campaigning
UVW is again officially in dispute with the LSE University, with more than 110 cleaners threatening strike action regarding a collective claim about issues around pay and treatment. In the words of our lead organiser there, “the LSE is one of the most disrespectful, arrogant and contemptuous employers that UVW has ever come across.”
ROYAL PARKS: Cleaners and gardeners at the charity in charge of eight Royal Parks in London are uniting for the Living Wage
Meet the Queen's cleaners. They have cleaned the Royal Parks (including St. James's, Regent's, Hyde, Richmond, Greenwich and Kensington Gardens) for nearly 200 years between them — one has been on the job for 24 years. However, they are all paid a poverty wage of £8.21 per hour. The good news is they’ve all joined UVW and now intend to strike to win the London Living Wage, occupational sick pay, and full holiday entitlement.
TROCADERO: Cleaners outsourced to DOC Cleaning have had enough of low wages and statutory sick pay at a landmark West End venue
Cleaners who work at the famous entertainment venue Trocadero, (and the neighbouring Criterion building in Piccadilly Circus, where annual rent for both addresses costs £11m per year) have decided enough is enough — and are planning to down tools and strike until they are paid the London Living Wage and given occupational sick pay.
200 GRAY’S INN: Latin American and Portuguese cleaners want better sick pay
At 200 Grays Inn Road, a Norman Foster design housing ITN, ITV and Channel 4 operations, our members are also fighting for contractual sick pay as well as one week’s extra annual leave. The basic statutory sick pay forces these workers, and tens of thousands of others across the capital, to come into work when sick or injured if they want to pay the rent or feed their families!