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City cleaners strike at LHH for Living Wage

Gracechurch St, City of London. Thu 14 Dec 2017



 I could hear the protest as I stood waiting to cross the road from Monument Station, but it got a little quieter for

 some speeches, both in English and Spanish

 Most of the cleaners in London are migrant workers who have settled here - some many years ago, but still

 find it much easier to speak in their first language - and have their speeches translated

 A row of police stood in front of the office building - with the United Voices of the World banner facing them

 

 

 'Dignidad, Respeto' needs little translation. The cleaners are demanding dignity and respect - and a living wage

 'Justice For Cleaners'

 

 Whistles and vuvuzelas keep up the noise between speeches and chanting slogans

 

 'We are NOT the Dirt We Clean'

 

 Victor speaks and leads some chanting for the London Living Wage

 currently cleaners here get the national minimum wage - not enough to live on in London

 Cleaning firm CIty Central who employ Lee Hecht Harrison's cleaners have threatened to sack them if they strike

 but the right to strike is protected by law

 City workers on their way home had to walk through the protest on the pavement outside the offices

 

 

 

 'No One Should Be Working Poor' and we should have minimum wages that are enough to live on, not a so-called

 living wage well below what is needed to live in London.

The cleaners are truly on poverty pay, cleaning the offices of a fantastically wealthy company.


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