2 December 2021

PCS wins for Royal Parks cleaners

Cleaners at the Royal Parks working for Just Ask estate services have voted to accept the latest offer from management.

With members increasing the pressure on Just Ask through a month-log strike action, Royal Parks and Just Ask agreed a significant increase to members’ terms and conditions to end the dispute.

Our members received unwavering support from the labour movement, including MPs John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn and Labour councillors Georgia Gould and Danny Thorpe.

The headline offers included in the proposals are:

  • Full trade union recognition for PCS
  • And a huge increase in contractual sick pay, up to 3 months, which came in to affect yesterday (1 December).
  • A number of other constructive proposals on resolving ongoing issues, and future ways of working.

At a well-attended PCS members’ meeting, after videos of support and congratulations from Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell were shown, the offer was passed unanimously and received further support from members who could not attend. The meeting ended with members electing their new representatives, and a social to celebrate the end of the dispute.

PCS Culture Group Secretary Steven Warwick said: “By standing together these workers have secured an excellent outcome. I feel privileged to have been able to support them in their fight for equality and justice.”

With newly-elected PCS rep Hagar Bentum adding: “This offer is a big victory. We are all celebrating; we’re jubilant.”

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