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Manchester Airport hit by cleaners strike

May 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Around 100 members of the Unite union took part in a 24 hour strike last week, walking out from 06.00 on Friday 3 May until 06.00 on Saturday 4 May.

From Manchester Evening News.

Unite says staff are angry at MITIE’s plans to slash their hourly paid lunch break to half an hour, amounting to a cut of £69.50 a month. They are also fighting proposals to chop their £20-a-month attendance bonus and are urging MITIE bosses to meet union leaders over their concerns. Staff will join picket lines outside terminals one, two, and three.

Dave Kennedy, Unite regional officer, said: “Low-paid cleaners, who work so hard to keep Manchester Airport clean for the travelling public, certainly cannot afford to lose almost £70 a month.

“Unite has remained committed to resolving this dispute, yet despite Acas’ involvement the company is still not willing to take the concerns of its loyal workforce seriously.

“Strike action is always a measure of last resort but our members have had enough – they are determined to stop this attack on their livelihoods.

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IWGB cleaners occupy the Barbican Centre for a Living Wage.

May 2, 2013 Leave a comment

The Industrial Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) has been campaigning for respect and a Living Wage for cleaners at the Barbican Centre for the past 8 months. The cleaners earn poverty wages of £6.19 p/hour and have been racially abusded. and regularly insulted, threatened, and intimidated by MITIE’s aggressive management team.

MITIE, the cleaning contractor at the Barbican, and the Corporation of London (owner of the Barbican) have been unwilling to negotiate.

That’s why the cleaners held regular protests, organised the first strike in the history of the barbican on the 21st of March 2013, and that’s why they decided to occupy the Barbican on Saturday 27th April 2013.

They will continue to fight until justice is served!