21 July 2021

Three day strike by ISS members ends strongly

Cleaners, security guards and other support staff employed by ISS have taken three days of strike action in their dispute over pay, bonuses and annual leave.

This week’s strike action has seen diverse and vibrant picket lines where the mood was upbeat, with singing, dancing and chanting throughout. The sound of vuvuzelas rang out around Westminster on each morning. On Tuesday an impromptu march took place around the BEIS estate where the members work, and the PCS message was made loud and clear.

Today strikers on the picket line heard from their branch negotiators about the talks that had taken place, with a message of support from PCS general secretary, Mark Serwotka. PCS president, Fran Heathcote, supported the picket line on Tuesday and Wednesday and assistant general secretary, John Moloney, and Chris Stephens MP chair of the PCS Parliamentary group, also visited and expressed solidarity.

Fran Heathcote said: “These members are low paid, on poor terms and conditions, and deserve better as a reward for keeping the business running throughout the COVID 19 pandemic.

“We want BEIS to bring the work back in-house and treat these staff properly. If that doesn’t happen, we need ISS to improve their pay, terms and conditions and treat these members with respect at work. It has become clear that the money is available to make improvements to the company’s offer, and the pressure is now on BEIS to do the right thing by these key workers.

“This is a determined group of workers who are prepared to stand together, and stand up for each other, until they win on their demands.”

Today ISS management contacted PCS to continue talks. While welcoming this development, the strikers are resolute that their action will continue until their demands are met.

Show your support
  • Send messages of support to: beislsbranch@gmail.com
  • Donate to the strike fund: Account name: Fighting Fund Levy, account number: 20331490, sort code: 60-83-01, use reference: BEIS/ISS.