19 July 2021

Support the ISS strikers at BEIS

Our members working for the outsourced contractor ISS at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London have today begun a 3-day strike over low pay and Covid safety.

Cleaners, security guards and other support staff employed by ISS are taking strike action after delivering a resounding yes vote in a PCS industrial action ballot last month. 

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.

The 3-day strike coincides with so-called “freedom day” when all Covid restrictions in England are officially lifted despite the fact the vaccine has not been fully rolled out. 

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 have had enough of poor pay and the least they deserve is a decent rise and to be treated with dignity at work. 

“There has also been scant regard for the safety of staff during the continuing Covid pandemic.” 

He added: "BEIS holds ultimate responsibility for the ISS contract and it is the height of hypocrisy to say you are committed to workers rights' when you turn a blind eye to bad practices by bad bosses within your own department. 

"This latest episode shows why ISS must be stripped of their contract and that all staff should be taken in-house and directly employed by the civil service." 

Picket line

We have picket lines outside 10 Victoria Street and Fleetbank House in London today, tomorrow and Wednesday.

We will be adhering to Covid-19 safety to ensure our members, supporters, reps and passers-by are as safe as possible. We want to ensure that as far as possible our picket lines are safe and inclusive for vulnerable people.

So for those that can we will be encouraging mask wearing, we must all socially distance each other by at least 2 metres and we’ll have hand sanitiser to be used when holding banners or placards.

Picket details:                                        

  • Today (19) 7am-10am
  • Tomorrow 8.30am – 10.30am
  • Wednesday 8.30am - 11am.

 

Show your support

Send message of support to: beislsbranch@gmail.com

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