30 June 2021

ISS staff in BEIS deliver impressive ballot result

Cleaners, security guards and other support staff employed by contractor ISS are one step closer to taking strike action after delivering a resounding yes vote in a PCS industrial action ballot.  

Our members voted 97.3% in favour of strike action on an impressive 82% turnout.

Our low-paid members working for ISS in BEIS offices in London are demanding:

  • an end to low pay and improved working conditions
  • extra bonuses for working through lockdown
  • annual leave entitlement owed from last year.

PCS also has concerns around Covid safety of staff and is calling on ISS to agree a return to work protocol.


It is the hard work and dedication of ISS staff that has kept the BEIS offices open and safe for those civil servants who needed to attend during the pandemic.

The ballot result shows the strength of feeling among members working for ISS in BEIS offices who feel that enough is enough.

We are calling for ISS, BEIS and the Government Property Agency to not only negotiate with PCS representatives but to start making tangible proposals to end this dispute.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: "ISS is treating its staff appallingly and despite repeated strike actions in recent years, it seems the contractor has not learnt its lesson.

"Support staff are poorly paid and the least they deserve is a decent rise and to be treated with dignity at work.”

BEIS has shown hypocrisy by announcing a new so-called "workers’ rights watchdog" while allowing a contractor operating within the department to treat its staff so badly.

We believe that all staff should be taken in-house and directly employed by the civil service.

Show your support

Send message of support to: beislsbranch@gmail.com

Donate to the strike fundAccount name: Fighting Fund Levy, A/C No: 20331490, sort code: 60-83-01, use reference: BEIS/ISS