University of the Arts London Cleaners demand equal treatment after five day strike

01 Oct 2021
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GMB, the union for higher education, is demanding members who work as cleaners within the University of the Arts London are offered pay parity with workers directly employed by the university. 

Bouygues, who directly employ the cleaners, do so on a contract which offers the workers inferior pay, terms and conditions than their colleagues - cleaners have just completed five days of industrial action in protest. 

Clive Smith, GMB Regional Organiser, said: 

“This five-day strike sends a clear message to Bouygues and to the University of Arts London – that these workers are fed up with being treated like second-class citizens.  

"Bouygues may not be in charge of the cleaning contract forever but they, or whichever company takes over after them, need to listen and be prepared to negotiate.  

"Our members are strong and committed to further strike action if their demands for parity with directly employed staff are not met, from improvements to terms and conditions and pay."  

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