defend cleaners’ rights: protests 30th january


The MERU [Ecuadorians’ movement in the UK] solidarises with our comrades unjustly sacked by Mitie, who include Bolivian, Ecuadorian and Portuguese workers.

This dispute started a few months ago when Mitie, without consulting the workers as it ought to have done, established new contracts with Willis Group forcing workers to work full time at night. A situation which the cleaners could not accept.

This attack was confronted by the workers, but today the struggle is still going on and needs fresh support. So MERU is putting out a call out for a protest against the Mitie company so that the workers are either allowed back to work or re-located.

These sackings are taking place in various workplaces, so we must be on the alert and fight back in unity to guarantee our rights at work.


Assemble at the Willis Building, 51 Lime Street London EC3M 7DQ (nr Liverpool St) at 1pm, Friday 30th January.

Contact Edwin Pazmino 07931464890 or Juan Carlos Piedra 07908099375,

A second demonstration in defense of Sodexho cleaners will take place from 2:30pm on Friday 30th outside ING Bank, 60 London Wall.

11 thoughts on “defend cleaners’ rights: protests 30th january

  1. Email from an activist involved to an ISS cleaner:

    “We are a group of workers who are members of UNITE, but the union has let us down. We are trying to get different workers to help each other.

    Our campaign’s email is we already have 3 more campaigns from different buildings: and
    the AMEY campaign.

    Next friday we have a demonstration in the city area at 1pm, the Union is not very pleased with our actions but we as workers need to defend each other.

    There are different english groups giving us support. In schroder’s campaign we have 1 victory and we are trying to do the same with the other campaigns.

    We heard Unite let you down as well: we encourage you to be part of a real workers’ union, a union that defends the rights of the workers no matter what is the situation.”


  2. Regarding the Mitie situation:

    I find it very hard to believe that no other options where offered to the workers. I happen to know the processes involved and they would not have been able make the workers redundant without offering alternative hours or employment. I’m afraid to say that if these options were turned down then there is no option then to offer redundancy. This sounds like one of many occurences where the workers have claimed they have not been offered alternative employment to drum up interest in media and to try and justify a strike. When really it is completely unjustified.


  3. Yes Alastair, isn’t it just awful that we’re seeing “one of those many occurences” where Latin American cleaners earning peanuts exploit multinational corporations and satisfy their own lust for a strike? Shameful!

    Or: the article says they were “offered”/forced onto full time hours… at night-time… which might not be very desirable.


  4. davidbroder, I am not aware of their pay. But i bet there on a better rate then minimum wage which would put your “peanuts” comment in the category of “stupid”. I came accross this on the site and thought i would express a view. You have however just reinforced that is is an unjustified action to strike as they were offered alternatives. Are you one of those employees? Maybe you could give some insight as to what actually happened? Personally my view is that in the current economic climate people would want to hold onto their jobs. even if it required changing their routine. there are of course 2 million people in the uk who are unemployed, most of which would work nights just so they could get some income.


  5. Hi, I am a cleaner with Miti,

    I would like to join. I am being treated like a none person and am disrespected.
    I work hard and do a good job (was told that) but as long as I don’t complain about anything everything is fine. But I have no freedom of speach and have been repromanded for ofering a cloth to nursery teacher ( the other teachers thought it a great idea) this teacher said she would put me on report if I say anything again ( she thought I was lecturing her ) My maneger was so very angry with me. I thought I must be a criminal for talking and explainging. I was not alowed to apologise or talk to her. My job is at stake because of this !! Merry Christmas Miti.


  6. Hi Grietje
    We are a group of workers who try and link up groups of cleaners with the best union for them to get organised in. If you could tell us a bit more then we could advise you better. As a rule the first step would be to see if you and the other cleaners can join the branch of Unison which covers that nursery or that area. That is the union that usually covers ‘support staff’ in schools. But it would be good to know a bit more to assist properly. Email us
    PS We focus on Latin American workers but dont be put off by the name as we try and support anyone wherever they are from. We have to be united!


  7. Hi.Im a Supervisor with Mitie.I have a dear friend (or so i thought working for the FM dept.The security there (also Mitie)one in particular causes lots of probs for us.Camera checks,spying on camera etc.Anyway he made mallicious remarks about my supposed friend i heard about them so warned her.(out of my wrkg hrs)Guess what?IVE Been removed frm site.Trying to fid help but not winnng.Any ideas?


  8. Kaz, you can raise a formal grievance (i.e. make a complaint) using the procedure in the handbook. It is best to write down everything that happened now, prepare yourself for the difficult questions and take another Mitie employee to the meeting (they can go in work time by law).

    It is always harder when you are fighting by yourself, so it would be good if the other employees also complain about the way you have been treated. Could be a petition, a protest….

    in the future the best means of protection is for you and the people you work with you to get organised as part of a trade union. Many Mitie employees are members of different unions, depending where they work.


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