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Unofficial cleaners' strike wins

Issue No. 2268

Cleaners at the University of London’s Senate House building struck unofficially on Thursday of last week and won back unpaid wages.

Workers say that a number of them had not received some of their pay in three months.

Angry at their treatment, the workers walked out.

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.”

Some 50 cleaners and their supporters rallied in the Senate House car park all morning.

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 met with workers and their union rep and promised to pay them the money they were owed.

Sign the petition to demand the London Living Wage for Senate House cleaners at www.ipetitions.com/petition/senatehousellw

Protest: Wednesday 14 September, 11am, Senate House car park, central London


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Tue 6 Sep 2011, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2268
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