Socialist Worker

Merseyside cleaners win against outsourcer ISS

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2520

PCS boss Mark Serwotka

PCS boss Mark Serwotka (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Bosses at outsourcer ISS caved in to the threat of a cleaners’ strike demanding hours they cut earlier this year were reinstated.

The PCS union members had been set to strike on Monday over six sites at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) tax offices in Merseyside after bosses cut their hours.

But the strike was suspended when ISS agreed to give the hours back—and scrapped plans to impose the same cuts at other offices.

The cleaners struck for two days in July after bosses cut their hours in response to the minimum wage increase.

PCS and ISS will now negotiate on longer-term pay and conditions—with the union warning that further action could be called if bosses backtrack.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said, “This would never have been achieved without our members taking action.

“We hope HMRC and other government departments have got the message that we will not allow them to simply pass the buck when low paid staff are being treated unfairly in their workplaces.”

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