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8th Nov Demo At Tottenham College

Monday, November 4, 2013

GMB Members Demo In Tottenham On Friday 8th Nov To Oppose 23% Cut In Cleaners’ Pay At Haringey, Enfield And North East London College

Contractors Ocean say they must cut working time from 51 weeks to 39 as part of college’s “efficiency savings” as they are being paid less for the cleaning contract says GMB.

GMB cleaners, employed by contractor Ocean at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CoNEL) will stage a demonstration at the Tottenham site on Friday 8th November over a cut to their hours of work.

Ocean want to reduce the cleaners current hours of work 51 weeks per year to 39 weeks in the year from January 2014 to “save money”. That will mean cleaning staff on £6.31 minimum wage will work term time only which amounts to a 23% pay cut for the lowest paid workers in the College.

The details of the demonstrations are as follows:

From 8.30am Friday 8th November

At Tottenham Centre

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London
High Road
London N15 4RU

GMB members will be on the demonstration with flags and banners and will be supported by students and teaching staff. 

In a separate dispute GMB cleaners employed by contractor Ocean at Sheffield Park Academy, Beaumont Road North, Sheffield S2 1SN will take part in strike action on Wednesday, November 6th to fight for a living wage of £7.45 per hour.

Steve Sweeney, GMB Regional Officer said ‘Ocean are telling staff that they must cut working time from 51 weeks to 39 as part of college’s “efficiency savings” as they are being paid less for the cleaning contract.

If the college really want to save money they can cut the pay of senior management, some of whom are earning more than £140,000 per year, and stop hiring external consultants, some of whom are believed to be earning £700 per day.

CoNEL claims to be a community college and should not be paying anyone less than a London Living Wage of £8.55 per hour. These cuts are utterly shameful and an attack on the terms and conditions of those who are the lowest paid in the College. 

GMB is calling on students, the public and other trade unionists to support the campaign for the London Living Wage for cleaners at CoNEL, to sign our petition and raise awareness with their friends, family and community groups. GMB cleaners are grateful for the support of University and College Union who represent academic and academic related staff at CoNEL”

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Contact: Steve Sweeney, GMB Regional Officer on 07703 469 403 or GMB press office 07974 251 823

 

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