PCS members employed by ISS to clean HMRC offices on Merseyside started four weeks’ strike action today, continuing their long-running dispute over pay and conditions.
The PCS members working for private contractor ISS, cleaning HMRC buildings, are campaigning to secure the living wage, achieve parity with their civil service colleagues’ conditions of service, and maintain job security.
The cleaners took 16 days of strike action in 2019 and two weeks earlier this year, at the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown. The members are classed as key workers and have worked tirelessly throughout lockdown to keep civil service workplaces clean.
The opening day of this strike, which will run throughout August unless our members’ concerns are addressed, was as solid as it has been at any time throughout the campaign.
The strikers have had messages of support from Dan Carden, the Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Liverpool Walton; as well as from former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.
How you can help
An online strike rally is planned for this Wednesday (5 August) at 12:30pm, and details are on Eventbrite here. Speakers will include Clara Paillard (PCS Culture Sector), Anthony O’Hanlon (UCU University of Liverpool), Mohamed Said (RMT London Transport Cleaning Grades) and John Inakoba (GMB activist).
Messages of support can be sent to RCGroup@pcs.org.uk.
Please also sign and share our e-action, which is addressed to Jim Harra, the Permanent Secretary and HMRC’s chief executive, requesting him to take action to resolve the dispute.
Donations to the strike fund can be made to:
Account name: PCS Liverpool/Bootle Campaign Account
Sort code: 60-83-01
Account number: 20415772