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More Strikes at OCS K&C

Thursday, September 12, 2013

GMB Announces Further Strike Dates In Pay Dispute With OCS At TMO Housing Estates In Kensington & Chelsea

There is a real feeling amongst staff that OCS doesn't care about it employees or the service to residents says GMB.

69 GMB members employed as cleaners by contractors OCS in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea will take a further 2 days of 24 hours of strike action on Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th September as yesterday’s talk ends in failure. This will make a total of 3 days of strike action.

GMB members at OCS are seeking the London Living Wage of £8.55 per hour. They currently earn £7.18 per hour. They are taking strike action following their unanimous vote for strike action in a dispute over a pay freeze.There will be GMB members on picket lines with flags and banners on Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th September from 7am onwards as the following four locations:

 

 KENSAL HOUSE, LADBROKE GROVE, LONDON, W10

WORLDS END ESTATE – LONDON, SW10 OEE.

ADAIR ROAD – LONDON W10 5EE.

TRELLICK TOWERS – LONDON, W10 5PA.

LANCASTER WEST, LONDON, W10

 

OCS holds the contract to provide cleaning services for Kensington & Chelsea Tenants’ Management Organisation (TMO) and the cleaners provide services for the residents on housing estates in the north and south of the borough.

Gary Carter, GMB Organiser said. “GMB Shop Stewards met OCS management yesterday (Wednesday 11th September) but there were no proposals from OCS to resolve the dispute.

This sharply contradicts statements from the client, Tenants Management Organisation, that there are "options for on-going dialogue" and they are "supportive of both parties reaching a mutually acceptable resolution".

The talks went nowhere. OCS put nothing forward and it's sad that the strikes next Monday and Tuesday will go ahead. GMB has taken the initiative to get talks going. There is a real feeling amongst staff that OCS doesn't care about it employees or the service to residents.We've announced further strike dates for Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th September.

Kensington & Chelsea is the richest borough in the country, but those who provide important services like the cleaners are paid poorly. The TMO, Council and OCS should take responsibility as the client; funder and contractor to ensure workers are paid a living wage.

GMB members who work as cleaners struggle to make ends meet and pay fares to get to work. Very few can afford to live in the borough in which they work.”

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Contact: Gary Carter, GMB Organiser on 07738 958140 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 020 7391 6755.

 

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