TGWU call for action to support migrant cleaners
The ‘Justice for Cleaners’ campaign is part of an international alliance of unions representing mainly migrant workers, who are taking on the biggest building services contractors and their clients in the world.
Since this campaign began in London, the Transport and General Workers Union has organised workers into activism that have fought and won for increased pay and conditions at:
- The House of Parliament
- Canary Wharf (Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Clifford Chance, and HSBC)
- The Corporation of London (Linklaters, Nomura, KPMG, Barclays, Merril Lynch, and
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On the London Underground, unionised cleaners sacked their boss (Blue Diamond). This was the first time a contract had been aborted on the London underground, with the contract lost worth over £21 million pounds.
T&G and affiliate unions abroad are targeting ISS cleaning services. ISS are the biggest building services company in the world. ISS operate out of 42 countries with their head office in Denmark. The overwhelming majority of their workers are migrants and on the minimum wage. ISS Cleaning Services are owned by the global investment bank Goldman Sachs.
TGWU organiser Anita Ceravolo says: "With your help we can force these huge corporations to give justice to low paid workers. Do you care about the injustice faced by low paid migrant workers? Can you spare some time to help out in this campaign (however little)? Do you want to get some experience as a union organiser?
"From Monday November 20 till Monday December 4, the T&G and affiliate unions are coordinating a series of global actions against ISS. Our aim is to organise 2 weeks of mayhem - the details of which are not appropriate to detail over the email.
"To do this we need a strong, steady army of activists. During this campaign we can continue to build the network between academics, students, activist groups and migrant workers.
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"If you’re interested, please contact Anita with the details of when you can be available during November 20th & December 4th.
"The actions start around 8am till about 6pm each day. Please detail in advance the days and times you can participate. Expenses will be covered by the union."
To become involved (or if you have any questions) contact Anita on: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 900 405 787