Caterers and cleaners from BEIS HQ in Westminster today took the third of their current four days of strike action.
The PCS members, who work on cleaning, kitchen and security contracts for Aramark and ISS respectively at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, took their first day of strike action on Tuesday (21).
The strikers are demanding the London Living Wage of £10.55 an hour and the end of the pay cycle chaos created by the change of contract from Engie to ISS, which has left many members without pay.
Today’s strike was very well supported and the picket line was lively with music and salsa dancing. There were speeches by striking PCS members and solidarity was brought from other trade unions.
A number of the strikers attended PCS’s national conference yesterday where, alongside striking outsourced workers from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, they received a standing ovation. The strikers also attended a packed fringe meeting where general secretary Mark Serwotka sent solidarity on behalf of the whole union.
What you can do
You can support the workers on social media using the hashtags: #LivingWage #PCSstrike