Updates on cleaners’ struggles in London and West Yorkshire

Down in London, cleaners organising through the grassroots UVW union are on the verge of striking at the London School of Economics – they’ve told management that they have until Friday 18th to put them on terms and conditions equal to those of in-house staff, and failure to end the two-tier system will lead to industrial action. Cleaners at John Lewis are also pursuing a similar dispute through UVW, demanding to be made full members of the partnership and enjoy the same conditions as all other John Lewis staff. It sounds like there’ll be more news coming from the LSE soon, and you can also find out more about what London’s militant cleaners are up to by dropping by their Christmas party, which’ll be on Saturday December 10th.

Further North, three cleaners at an academy in Wakefield have been waging an incredibly impressive all-out strike, which has now been going on for over ten weeks. The latest news in their dispute seems to be that the council are saying they “made a mistake” by forgetting to tell the cleaning contractors to not cut their pay, which seems pretty bizarre all round. If you’re within travelling distance of Kinsley, they’ve got a benefit gig happening at Kinsley Coronation Working Men’s Club on December 3rd; and anyone anywhere can support them by emailing Wakefield Academies Trust at admin@wcatrust.org to ask them to put pressure on the cleaning contractor, C&D Cleaning, to settle the dispute and pay the three a living wage. You can also donate to their strike fund by making a cheque out to Wakefield Unison and sending it to 18 Gills Yard, Wakefield WF1 3BZ.

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