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Issue No. 2249

Clean up the royal wedding

As the royal family spend millions on William and Kate’s wedding, the people who will clean up after their party are on just £6.45 an hour.

The PCS civil service workers’ union has launched a campaign to win these cleaners the London living wage.

Two private contractors, KGB Holdings and Greenzone, employ the cleaners. But the PCS believes ultimate responsibility for staff rests with the royals.

The staff work across the royal household, including Buckingham Palace,

St James’s Palace and Clarence House.

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Kelly Services

Agency workers at Kelly Services have voted by 95 percent for strikes in a consultative ballot over being forced to take annual leave for the royal wedding.

The agency staff, who are members of the PCS union, work on central government contracts run by Hewlett Packard. They are paid around £6.50 an hour and their terms and conditions are set at statutory minimums.

The sites they work on will be closed for the day. But the agency has refused to grant its staff a day’s paid leave on a public holiday.

Jobcentre Plus call centre dispute

Leaders of the PCS in the Department for Work and Pensions are to meet in two weeks time to decide the next step in the Jobcentre Plus call centre dispute.

More than 7,000 union members struck solidly in 37 call centres across the country last week against their working conditions. The union should call more strikes to step up the pressure on the bosses.

PCS executive election

Voting is continuing in the elections for the PCS union’s national executive committee. It is essential that the left-led executive is re-elected to take forward the decision to ballot alongside other unions for action in June against government cuts and attacks on pensions.

Socialist Worker is calling for a vote for PCS Democracy Alliance candidates.

For a full list of candidates, go to

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Tue 26 Apr 2011, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2249
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