PCS members working for ISS in HMRC offices in Bootle and Liverpool began two days of strike action today in their dispute over pay, terms and conditions and job security.
There was solid support for action at both locations in the dispute and picket lines were vibrant and well supported by local PCS members and activists, Labour councillors and Labour MPs Peter Dowd, Bill Esterson and Dan Carden.
Speaking at the rally in Bootle, Bill Esterson, Labour’s shadow minister for business, and Sefton Central MP, said: “The scandal of exploitation of low-paid workers in government departments must end. A real living wage is the least that hard working cleaners in HMRC offices should be paid.”
Labour’s shadow chief secretary to the Treasury and MP for Bootle Peter Dowd also pledged his support saying: “Labour in government will put an end to outsourcing and exploitation of workers like those involved in this dispute in Bootle; they have my full support in this fight”
A lunchtime rally was also held in Derby Square in Liverpool which again saw great support from local PCS members and activists, who donated to the strike fund and leafleted the public. Paying tribute to the workers involved in the dispute PCS national executive committee member and Bootle Taxes branch organiser Phil Dickens said: “The insistence by ISS of keeping hard working cleaners on absolute poverty wages is nothing less than a disgrace. Their failure to respond to what are very reasonable demands has made our members even more determined to stand together and win.”
The action continues tomorrow (16).
How you can support the campaign
- Come to one of the picket lines on 16 July:
- The Triad, Stanley Rd, Bootle (picket 7-11am)
- Imperial Court, Exchange St East, Liverpool (picket 10am-12pm)
- Regian House, Derby Square/Strand St (there are two entrances with picket lines), Liverpool (picket 10am-12pm)
- Send a message of support to RCGroup@pcs.org.uk
- Donate online to our strike fund
- Attend our parliamentary rally on outsourcing or ask your local MP to attend: Wednesday 17 July 6-8pm, Boothroyd Room, House of Commons