friday 17th: demo in solidarity with berns cleaners

There will be a mass demonstration outside the offices of London & Regional, 55 Baker Street, London W1U 8EW on  Friday 17th September 2010 from 4-6pm.

This follows a very successful mass demonstration on Friday 13th August. Since our action demonstrations in Sweden have gone up to 4 times a week. We want Berns Salonger and their parent company London Regional to know we too are not going away. Please speak to your comrades, colleagues, fellow workers and friends and mark the date in your diary. Let’s all set aside the time to make this an even bigger and more successful demonstration.

SUMMARY OF DISPUTE:

London & Regional Properties owns the Berns Salonger company. Berns have a notorious record of mistreating cleaning staff. Cleaning staff work inhumane hours, sometimes up to 22 hours a day 7 days a week, sleeping on cardboard boxes in the workplace. Berns avoid responsibility for this mistreatment through the use of sub-contractors. The cleaners’ union, the SAC in Sweden, has been in fierce dispute with Berns since February of this year.

A message from the SAC reads:
“We write to you with a call for international solidarity. SAC in Sweden is involved in the biggest blockade struggle for at least the last ten years in Sweden. Hundreds of people have been involved in the picket lines two times a week since 26/2. The company that we are in conflict with is Berns Salonger, owned by the British concern London Regional. We beg of you to help us in this fight.”

FOLLOW-UP ACTION ON MONDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER

Mass call in to the offices of London & Regional Properties at 2-3pm, Monday 20th September 2010. It is also requested that people phone after 3pm as well if they cannot do so earlier. Please tell London & Regional that you demand that Berns begin negotiations with the SAC union immediately to resolve the dispute. In addition please send emails to London & Regional on Monday 20th September as part of the call out, though the priority is the mass call in.

Tel: +44 (0)  207 563 9000

The Cleaners Defence Committee is a network of cleaners, workers and militants who have supported migrant workers in their struggles in London for fair treatment and a living wage. The best form of defence is solidarity and we must unite now to support our fellow workers in struggle in Sweden. Please distribute this call out far and wide and ensure that you prepare to support the picket and demonstration on Friday 17 September 2010.