HMRC cleaners strike today over Living Wage 

16 Mar 2020

Contracted out cleaners at HMRC have begun 2 weeks of strike action today in a dispute over the Living Wage. 

ISS staff who are employed to clean tax offices at Bootle and Liverpool will take 14 days action with colleagues in Birmingham taking 2 days. 

Workers are angry at ISS over poor pay and conditions and the refusal of ministers at HMRC to take the cleaning contract back in-house.  The real Living Wage is £10.75 in London and £9.30 for the rest of the UK is based on the cost of living and is voluntarily paid by nearly 6,000 UK employers who believe a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay.

The strike received a 97% yes vote on a 90% turnout. 

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: "The corona pandemic has highlighted more than ever how important cleaners are to the well-being of all workers. The least they deserve is a Living Wage and decent terms and conditions.

"Our members have a strong mandate for strike action and ISS need to understand that the union will not relent in our fight for pay justice. 

"Ministers at HMRC are letting down cleaners who work hard to make offices safe and hygienic places to work."

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