Cleaners, security guards, porters, receptionists, post room staff and caterers are striking today in a London Living Wage dispute with employers by Engie and Aramark who are both contractors for BEIS.
Outsourced workers in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have voted overwhelmingly for strike action over pay and working conditions.
The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) has strongly argued that the contractors should pay the LLW and that BEIS should be putting pressure on the contractors to do so.
The union believes the scandal of low pay and poor conditions is caused by outsourcing and the union is campaigning to bring these services back in-house.
Picket lines will form at 7-7.30am and general secretary Mark Serwotka is meeting striking staff at the beginning of the action.
Speaking on the eve of the strike, Mark said: “This strike is a testament to our members’ determination to win decent pay and conditions at work.
“The private contractors Aramark and Engie should be ashamed of themselves for paying key members of staff at the department so poorly.
“Our union is demanding ministers step in to deal with the situation, ensure that outsourced workers are paid the same as BEIS colleagues and ultimately that these jobs are all brought back in house by the department.”