First day of 5-day strike kicks off with cook-out

17 Jun 2019

Catering and cleaning staff at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) staged a Caribbean cookout outside their workplace during today’s strike action.

Catering and cleaning staff at BEIS are striking for 5 days from today (17) in a dispute over the London Living Wage.  This is the 10th day of action, with walkouts already taking place in January, February and May.

Security guards, postroom staff and cleaners are due to join the strike tomorrow. The contractors Aramark and ISS, who run security, catering, cleaning and support services at BEIS, have refused to raise pay to the 2019 London living wage.

PCS has called for all contracted workers at government departments to be brought back in-house and to be paid a civil service wage.

The Guardian once again covered the strike  


The vast majority of caterers and cleaners employed at the Westminster headquarters were on the picket line today, serving Caribbean food to civil service colleagues and the public in exchange for donations to their strike fund.

The strikers made the picket line even more lively with airhorns, music and dancing, and spirits were high.

The strikers have received a message of support from the PCS Parliamentary Group of MPs.

You can support the workers on social media using the hashtags: #LivingWage #PCSstrike donate to the strike fund and send messages of support to

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