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Parliament cleaners strike

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