Cleaners at the Ministry of Justice and Kensington and Chelsea Council have gone on strike over pay, saying they cannot afford to live in the capital. The workers, mostly migrants, want to be paid the London Living Wage, over £2-an-hour more than their current pay. The cleaners on strike - who work at the Ministry of Justice, RBKC and private health providers - are currently paid the National Living Wage, at £7.83 per hour for those aged 25 and over.
The United Voices of the World Union, which organised the strikes, said the dispute also included issues over the lack of an occupational sick pay scheme and parity with the pay of directly employed staff. It said the cleaners were "really leading the way, showing what can be done if workers come together. These strikes are unprecedented, they're really demanding a wage they can live on."