Commons cleaners strike for pay rise

Houses of Parliament cleaners are staging a one-day strike today about pay.

Members of the T& G union will picket outside the House of Commons.

The T&G said the cleaners are paid just £5 per hour with no company sick pay or pension.

The cleaners are campaigning for £6.70 per hour; 20 days (+ 8 public days) holiday; sick pay; company pension as well as ‘dignity and respect’, the union said.

Jack Dromey, T&G deputy general secretary, said Parliament should be ‘ashamed of poverty pay in the home of democracy’.

“A living wage, decent conditions and respect at work are only possible if the parliamentary authorities now act,” he said. “The cleaners deserve it and the public expect it.”

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