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Unofficial strike gets results for London cleaners

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2267

Meeting in Senate House car park (Pic: Michael Bradley)

Meeting in Senate House car park (Pic: Michael Bradley)

Cleaners at the University of London’s Senate House building walked out unofficially today (Thursday) and won back unpaid wages.

Workers say that a number of them have not received part of their pay in three months.

One cleaner told Socialist Worker, “We shouldn’t be afraid—we’ve put up with this for too long. This isn’t just about the wages that we’re owed, we want to demand the London Living Wage.”

Angry at their treatment the workers decided to walk out.

Up to 50 cleaners and their supporters rallied in the Senate House car park all morning, filling it with lively debate.

The workers, employed by Balfour Beatty, are in the Unison union—but the strike was unofficial, and initiated independently by the workers.

Following the unofficial strike management are now meeting with the workers and their union rep to establish how much pay they are owed.

Arianna Tassinari, Co-President of the School and Oriental and African Studies students union said “When the students are back we’ll be behind you”.

Send emails demanding the London Living Wage for Senate House cleaners to University of London Vice Chancellor Geoffrey Crosswick and sign the petition at

Join the demonstration Wednesday 14 September, 11am, Senate House car park, central London.

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Thu 1 Sep 2011, 12:54 BST
Issue No. 2267
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