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Victory for cleaners, but the battle goes on

by Alistair Farrow
Issue No. 2513

On the picket line

On the picket line (Pic: Michael Bradley)

Workers at 100 Wood Street in the City of London won a significant victory yesterday, Wednesday, as Thames Cleaning backed down and offered them the London Living Wage of £9.40 an hour.

The building houses the offices of JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, huge multinational banks, yet cleaners were on poverty wages.

Petros Elias, general secretary of the United Voices of the World (UVW) union, said “The resilience and determination of our members is incredible to witness, and now it is bearing fruit.”

Thames has not yet backed down over its decision to sack over half of the cleaners. Because of this, workers are staying out until their colleagues are reinstated.

Victor, one of the striking cleaners, said, “This is a great victory but we will continue to fight for our cause, until they reinstate our colleagues and recognise our union.

The workers have been out for over 40 days, making this the longest strike in the City of London, and have not given any ground to the bosses.

“We’re not tired or afraid of anyone or anything,” said Victor. “Unity brings victory and we will win.”

For details of how to support the cleaners go to United Voices of the World the union on Facebook 

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Thu 21 Jul 2016, 16:27 BST
Issue No. 2513
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