15 July 2021

Royal Parks cleaners vote for strike action

Contracted-out staff at Royal Parks will take strike action later this month over pay, conditions and demanding the reinstatement of a sacked member of staff. 

We are calling for their contracts to brought into line with directly employed Royal Parks staff including sick pay parity and decent pensions.   

Just Ask Estates Limited, which has a contract to provide toilet cleaning services for the parks, has refused to recognise or engage with the union.   

The company sacked staff member Margaret Lokko despite the fact she informed her manager that she was delayed returning from Ghana due to the global Covid pandemic travel restrictions.  

With visitor numbers likely to soar with the lifting of Covid restrictions on 19 July, any industrial action is likely to have a significant impact on accessibility to toilets for tourists.   

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “The treatment of staff who do an important job keeping key facilities functioning at the Royal Parks, is a disgrace.  

“Just Ask Estates needs to reinstate the staff member immediately, recognise the palpable anger of our members and get round the negotiating table to achieve a just settlement.   

“Strike action is always a last resort but we will back our members every step of the way.”    

32 members were balloted with a 100% yes vote on an 81% turnout. 

The striking staff are members of both the PCS and the United Voices of the World (UVW), who we are working closely with during this strike.    

The first day of strike action could take place as early as 30 July.