cleaners strike 15th july at guildhall, city of london

Support the cleaners’ strike at the Guildhall, in the City of London! Picket outside from 5:30am ’til 10am on Friday 15th July: see here for map. Read below for details of the dispute.

The Guildhall, London according to its own website was designed to show the power of London’s ruling elite. This tradition is continued today by annual speeches by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the Bank of England. The most recent event was a dinner in tribute to the new Ronald Reagan statue attended by the Foreign Secretary, Condoleezza Rice and other dignitaries.

Though regularly hosting wealthy patrons of this ancient and prestigious venue, the cleaning staff are failing to be paid for the actual hours they work. Whilst their hourly rates are far below the London Living Wage.In June of this year, 34 cleaners employed by Ocean Contract Cleaning London struck for 2 days  because of many workers receiving underpaid wages over the last 3 months. On average 2 weeks of wages were missing. The company promised to pay the overdue wages by the 20th of June and so the dispute was suspended.

However when the cleaners received their last pay packets, the company failed to keep their promises which resulted in the cleaners calling a new strike day for 15th July with a picket outside London Guildhall 5:30am to 10:00am.
The workers raised a collective grievance to review the salaries for the past 6 months but Ocean Contract Cleaning London are have ignored this and refuse to participate in any collective bargaining process.

The cleaners of Guildhall are on poverty pay rates of £5.95 per hour, whilst working in one of the most expensive cities in Europe and receiving no sick pay or pension. According to the London Living Wage Unit this is officially poverty pay and the London Living Wage has been set at £8.30.

There will be banners and support by fellow trade unionists including Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

For more details contact cleaner-organiser Alberto on 07946735141

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  1. Report from IWW activist Alberto:

    Today’s Strike and Demonstration.

    Today we meet at 5:30 at Guildhall. Many people went to give Solidarity, the workers shouted slogans as “No pay, No work”, they painted their hands with the word stop and with their hands up shouting “Stop the Abuse”
    The police approached us and told us we could not protest in an area facing the front of the reception, but we could do it in front of the area where the art gallery where because was a public area

    Solidarity came from cleaners from other sites, Colombian solidarity campaign, UCL workers and students, Unison, SOAS Workers and students apart from the presence of several representatives from other IWW branches.
    the local priest offered coffee and use the toilet to the strikers and supporters.

    After 8am the client from Guildhall call us to negotiate, We went 2 workers and 2 IWW union representatives inside Guildhall. He asked us to moved the people from the area that the people were doing the demonstration because suppose it was a private property(the police informed earlier that it was not). In order to facilitate the negotiation and with the approve of the workers the demonstration moved to the street site of the Gildhall.

    people remained firm and resolute, always shouting, which clearly irritated the people of the Guildhall, which sent some of its representatives to invite us to go to a conference room and stop the protest, which the workers refused and continued shouting slogans in Spanish and English.

    After long wait and negotiations, After long negociasiones, Ocean gave us evidence that they were solving the problem of unpaid wages, worker by worker and the figures. Which we take as a small victory.

    The best thing of this protest was the determination and unity of the workers, despite the intimidation from the managers always remained solids.

    This is just the beginning of this struggle. The workers are determined to fight for the living wage.

    Thanks to all who supported us. Both the in protest and with the solidarity messages.



  2. It says on libcom that the company have paid the outstanding wages to the cleaners, can anyone confirm this?


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