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LSE faces strike action by cleaners

Outsourced staff call for same rights as those employed directly by the university

19 May, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

The first strike took place on May 11 [Photo: United Voices of the World]

CLEANERS at the London School of Economics have vowed to continue strike action on one day of every week until their demands for better working conditions are met.

The action, supported by the United Voices of the World union, calls for the same sick pay, maternity and paternity pay, annual leave and pensions for outsourced staff as those who are employed directly by the university.

The first of these strike action days was May 11. The LSE cleaners, hired by firm Noonan, want equality on deals and entitlements with the in house staff.

UVW general secretary chief Petros Elia said a “two-tier workforce” had left low-paid cleaners feeling “completely invisible and badly treated”.

A spokesman for LSE said: “LSE values all members of its community, including those employed by a contracted organisation. The cleaning staff at LSE has access to trade union representation through Unison, which continues to be in discussions with Noonan and LSE.”

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