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East London cleaners fight outsourcing and redundancies

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Cleaners at the University of East London downed tools against two-tier conditions on Tuesday 13 April. Pickets blasted the Docklands campus with music, stood by 'wet floor' signs warning of "slippery labour rights."

Members of the Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers Union waved flags and danced to 'Bella Ciao' and 'Mambo No 5'. Workers employed by Nviro Cleaning have inferior conditions to direct university employees.

Outsourced workers want equal treatment for all UEL cleaners. The strike is demanding double pay for bank holidays and weekends, sick pay, 60% pensions, and 24 days' annual leave.

One picket told Socialist Party members that he had cleaned UEL for 17 years. But when human resources announced new 'years of service' benefits, he was only credited for nine.

This was because he had transferred employer during that time - and despite 'Tupe' transfer law protections.

CAIWU will also be picketing the offices of Broadgate, a private office and restaurant complex, on Friday 16 April. Broadgate Estates is making cleaners redundant. The protest will start at 3pm at 12 Exchange House, Primrose Street, near Spitalfields, east London.

East London Socialist Party

In this issue


'Covid passports' discriminatory and questionable - fight for workplace safety

Covid inquiry? Workers must decide


Tensions escalate in Northern Ireland

How to deal with the tax-dodging mega-rich? Nationalise!

NHS pay: reject Tories' miserly 1% 'offer' - Fight for full 15% rise

Amazon - union vote lost

Tory hypocrisy over housing benefit cut

US cops shoot dead another black man


Every voter in Wales has the opportunity to vote for TUSC

TUSC: Launching a working-class electoral alternative in London

London housing crisis: vote TUSC to fight back

Workplace news

PCS elections: Support the Broad Left Network for a democratic, fighting union leadership

St Mungo's maintenance workers on indefinite strike

Thousands of London bus workers strike across multiple companies

Rally for sacked RMT rep Declan

East London cleaners fight outsourcing and redundancies

Bristol Water workers walk out

SPS Technologies workers end strike after management backs down

Thurrock Council workers strike against pay cuts

Deliveroo workers strike and protest

Lessons from history

1920s-30s Britain: A working-class movement fighting unemployment and capitalism

Campaigns news

Youth under attack

Students in action: Protest on 21 April

Why you should join the Socialist Party

Cardiff: Hundreds protest to free Siyanda

Worcester: Kill the Bill

Fighting fund target smashed. Can we do it again?

Readers' opinion

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14 April 2021