A well-supported picket line, backed by a visit from shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, rounded off a 3-day pay strike by PCS members who are contracted catering staff working at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The staff who work for contractor Aramark are angry at their demands for the London Living Wage (LLW) of £10.55 an hour being repeatedly ignored.
PCS has strongly argued that the contractors should pay the LLW and that BEIS should be putting pressure on the contractors to do so. We believe the scandal of low pay and poor conditions is caused by outsourcing and we are campaigning to bring these services back in-house.
More than 20 people were at the lively picket outside the BEIS building at 1 Victoria Street, Westminster, where striking workers were joined by local PCS branches in Whitehall and a representative of the local Unison branch. MP Laura Pidcock, shadow minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, also spoke to give a solidarity message to the pickets, along with Rebecca Long-Bailey.
PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka, acting president Fran Heathcote and vice president Zita Holbourne were also on the picket line this morning.