As the amazing cleaners’ strike at 100 Wood Street in the City of London goes on, the bosses are starting to back down, but the cleaners are determined not to settle for less than total victory. As their statement puts it:
After 43 days of our all out strike at 100 Wood Street – the longest strike in the history of the City of London and the loingest stirke by an entirley migrant workforce – WE HAVE WON the London Living Wage (LLW) which will be paid effective immediately! This is a significant victory. The LLW is 30% more then the minimum, poverty wage set by the government.
However, our inspiring members have voted unanimously to stay out on indefinite strike until all unlawfully sacked cleaners are reinstated; the LLW is backdated and confirmation is given that the cleaners will be paid the annual LLW uplifts as announced by the mayor of London every 1st November
Big thank you to the amazing people from “Food not Bosses” who brought some delicious food (in very large quantities!) to the picket line today, day 44!
We’ll be back tomorrow for day 45!
There’s a benefit gig with D Wayne Love from Alabama 3 tonight at the Amersham Arms in New Cross, and they’re inviting supporters to join them for a demo marking day 50 of the strike on Wednesday 27th. You can also donate to their strike fund here. At a time when most British unions are happy to try and sell a 33% pay cut instead of a 35% pay cut as being a victory, not to mention the disgraceful mess that was the end of the national pensions dispute, the cleaners who’ve chosen to organise through the United Voices of the World union are showing what it really looks like to fight back and win. Let’s learn from their example.