Defend Our Cleaners

by Becky Crocker, Cleaners’ Co-ordinator, RMT Camden 3 branch

When cleaners took strike action, the cleaning companies victimised key activists.

Stonebridge Park RMT rep, Godday, organised a 100% solid strike at his depot. The day after, he was suspended without pay, removing this inspiring and effective rep from his workplace. Godday has been out of work since early July.

Others have been suspended for unproved ‘breaches of procedure’, or for recruiting members to the union. The companies have hit cleaners with immigration law. Dozens of cleaners who have worked for years have been forced out of their jobs by these union-busting tactics.

The cleaners’ strike won the London Living Wage but the battle will not be over until cleaners get their jobs back.