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Nationwide protest after outsourcing giant forces workers to go weeks without pay

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29 Apr 2019
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Hospital and school workers across the country are staging protests in anger at an outsourcing giant forcing low-paid workers to go weeks without pay

Private company ISS has been handed taxpayer funded contracts to the tune of £307 million since 2015 for services including cleaning and catering in schools and hospitals.

But the company now changed the pay cycles of its lowest paid staff – which means many weekly waged workers will not get paid between April 18 and May 9 - a gap of three weeks

These people shouldn’t be forced to go cap in hand for ‘hardship’ payments to bosses for the wages they have already worked hard for

Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National Officer

GMB members will protest at schools and hospitals across the country including London, Liverpool, Hull, Scotland and South Yorkshire.

Since 2015, ISS has been awarded 63 contracts by the UK public sector, with a total lifetime of £307m. In 2018 alone the firm won 13 contracts worth £173m.

The value of contracts won by the firm more than doubled each year from 2016 - 2018

In the calendar year 2017, ISS UK Limited dished out £61million in dividends to shareholders, while the five directors trousered £2m between them.

Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National Officer, said:

“ISS fat cats getting rich juicy taxpayer funded contracts while leaving their workers desperately scratching around to make ends meet.

“Filling shareholders’ and directors’ pockets while the workers struggle to feed their families pay their rent is a disgrace.

“These people shouldn’t be forced to go cap in hand for ‘hardship’ payments to bosses for the wages they have already worked hard for.

“These protests will not stop until they reverse their punitive pay changes which harm the very people who prop up their outsourcing empire.”

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