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OCS strike And Oval protest

Monday, August 19, 2013

GMB Members On OCS Housing Estates Cleaning Contract For Kensington & Chelsea To Strike On Tuesday 27th August Over Pay Freeze

There will also be a GMB protest outside the OCS stand at the Oval on Wednesday 21st August the first day of 5th Ashes test

69 GMB members employed as cleaners by contractors OCS in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea will take 24 hours of strike action on Tuesday 27th August after they returned a unanimous vote for strike action in a dispute over a pay freeze.

There is also a protest outside the OCS stand at the Oval on Wednesday 21st August the first day of 5th Ashes test. The details are as follows:

From 10am till 11 am

Wednesday 21 August 2013

Outside the entrances to OCS stand

Kennington Oval,

London SE11 5SS

GMB members will be giving out a leaflet to cricket goers explaining that it is employees who make the profits that pay for lavish corporate sponsorship.

GMB members at OCS are seeking the London Living Wage of £8.55 per hour. They currently earn £7.18 per hour.

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.

The pay claim was submitted on 16th January and talks were held on 20th February. Then at a further meeting on 9th May 2013 OCS said there would be no pay increase this year. GMB informed OCS on 22nd May of the member’s response but OCS send a negative reply on 16th July 2013. 

Gary Carter, GMB Organiser said, “We hope that we will embarrass OCS by protesting at the Oval and highlighting to cricket fans and television viewers how poorly OCS pays its employees.  

It is those employees who make the profits that pay for lavish corporate sponsorship. Yet OCS pays less than the London Living Wage and has imposed a pay freeze.

The cleaners have been left with no option but to announce strike action in order to get a fair and living wage.

Inflation in the past twelve months has been consistently above 3%. Price increases on essential items, such as food, fuel, rents, and travel have far outstripped this headline figure and hit the low paid the hardest. OCS is effectively asking low paid staff to take a pay cut, whilst the company continues to make a healthy profit on the contract.

Many employers across London are signing up and seeing the real tangible benefits that paying the London Living Wage brings. OCS cleaners are poorly paid and receive a lowly £7.18 per hour, which is £1.37 per hour and £54.80 per week lower than the current London Living Wage, and the gap is getting wider. This is unacceptable to staff, who have worked hard to make the contract a success.”

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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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