Striking cleaners and their supporters protested outside the 100 Wood Street corporate offices in the City of London financial district last night, Wednesday. They are demanding the reinstatement of two of their colleagues.
Bosses at Thames Cleaning Ltd have already given in to one of their two demands—the London Living Wage of £9.40 an hour. They are now hoping the United Voices of the World (UVW) union members will give up.
But Petros Elias, UVW general secretary, said that the Living Wage doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have a job. “The cleaners are staying out until the others get their jobs back,” he said.
Some 50 people marched from 100 Wood Street to real estate giant CBRE’s headquarters near St Paul’s Cathedral.
Striker Victor said, “We will never bow down to you, we will carry on until the end.
“What I have in my hand is a mop—it is a mop of war. We workers have dignity and the mop represents this.”
CBRE, which manages 100 Wood Street, outsourced cleaning to Thames Cleaning, who sacked two workers after taking the contract.
Juan, one of the sacked workers, said that Thames had treated them like the rubbish they put in the bins.
“We need to win reinstatement for myself and my colleague Hector,” he said. “We will carry on this fight for as long as it takes.
“CBRE should be ashamed.”