New campaign launched to improve working conditions for cleaners

07 May 2021

Cleaners United has launched a listening campaign to get the views of cleaners on common issues affecting them at work.

Cleaners United is a new alliance of trade unions including PCS, Unite, and the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain (IWGB), and community organisations that are working together to improve the working conditions of cleaners.

The listening campaign has been launched to improve working conditions for cleaners and to tackle issues like low pay, discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace, which cleaners say is rife in their industry according to a recent report.

Despite being key workers, cleaners face some of the worst working conditions in the UK.

The listening campaign will last until the end of July and will involve union reps and other volunteers talking to cleaners in their workplaces. Following that, cleaners will be invited to decide the direction that the national campaign will take and to work together to challenge employers and the government to improve the working conditions of these key workers.

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Cleaners can also take part in an easy online survey to report their views and experiences. The survey is available in English, Polish and Spanish.

Amanda Walters, Cleaners United campaign director, said: “This campaign aims to support cleaners in their fight for respect and dignity in the workplace.

“No one should have to go to work and expect to experience bullying and harassment, or such low pay that they cannot provide for their family, or a lack of basic work rights such as sick pay.

“The listening campaign will be the biggest of its kind and will ensure that cleaners’ voices are heard.”

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