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Parliament cleaners strike

Issue No. 1975

About 140 cleaners at the Houses of Parliament are set to strike on Wednesday of next week.

The cleaners, members of the T&G union, are campaigning for a living wage as well as sick pay, holidays and a pension.

This will be the second day of action by the cleaners, who earn just £5.20 per hour. A number of MPs and Lords have now asked for the cleaners to receive a decent wage.

But civil servant Peter Grant Peterkin, who is in charge of the contract and gets more than £100,000 a year, is refusing to meet with the union to discuss the dispute.

Jack Dromey, T&G deputy general secretary, said, “It seems inconceivable that unelected, privileged civil servants are blocking attempts by parliamentarians to get their cleaners a living wage.”

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Sat 5 Nov 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1975
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