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Cleaners in Kensington and Chelsea fight for better pay

Issue No. 2208

Migrant workers in one of London’s wealthiest boroughs are organising to fight for better pay.

The cleaners are employed by multinational firm OCS, which won a lucrative estate cleaning contract for Kensington and Chelsea council.

The contract is worth £16 million over ten years, yet the cleaners are paid just £6.67 an hour and OCS wants to impose a pay freeze.

The workers are in the GMB union. Keith Williams, GMB regional organiser, told Socialist Worker, “The union meetings often last two hours,” he said.

“The stewards translate everything into the various languages. This means everyone knows what’s going on.

“We’ve received over 4,000 letters of support from the public.”

The workers have already voted in two consultative ballots for pay rises. The union is now calling on OCS to offer a pay rise or it will start a ballot for industrial action.

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Tue 29 Jun 2010, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2208
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