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Cleaning workers out to educate the bosses

The members of the UVW union are tired of poor pay and terrible terms and conditions
Issue 2905
Education cleaners workers

Cleaning workers in the UVW union outside the Department of Education (Picture: UVW union)

Cleaning workers at the Department for Education have voted unanimously to strike over pay and poor conditions.

They began strikes on Tuesday of this week. The UVW union members are angry that their terms and conditions are far worse than those of the civil servants they clean for.

They are also unhappy because contractor ISS UK Limited has made so many cuts to staffing that their workloads are unmanageable.

British Engines on strike in north east England

Around 170 workers employed in Newcastle and South Shields by British Engines are set to strike over pay from Thursday next week for a week until Thursday 30 May.

The strikes will impact three British Engines businesses— BEL Engineering in Newcastle and Rotary Power and Michell Bearings in South Shields

The workers are angry at the offer of a 3 percent pay rise. Each workplace voted overwhelmingly for strikes.

National pay ballot results incoming 

The PCS union’s national ballot over pay and other issues across the civil service closed on Monday this week. The results are disaggregated.

That means that any department that passes the 50 percent turnout threshold mandated by the anti-union laws can strike. The PCS executive needs to move swiftly to turn strike votes into hard-hitting action.

Security guards out to defend fair pay

Hundreds of security guards at job centres began a strike on Tuesday of last week in their battle for better pay.

“Workers gathered outside a job centre in Wolverhampton and chanted, “What do we want? Fair pay. When do we want it? Now.”

The members of the GMB union want a pay rise that will bring their pay above the minimum wage. Workers continued their strike on Monday of this week. They also plan to strike on Monday of next week and then on 28 and 29 May.

GXO workers deliver resistance over pay 

Over 100 Unite union members employed by GXO Logistics in Feltham, west London, are set to strike for 15 days from Monday next week.

Warehouse workers take home just over £12 a hour. The union says delivery drivers are paid below market rates. GXO has not made a pay offer to workers. The workers plan action until 7 June.

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