Justice for Cleaners

Justice for Cleaners

Cleaners are essential!

Cleaners Are Essential important campaign update:

Last chance to register for the Joint union Lobby of Labour on Insourcing - Convocation Hall, Church House, London, 12th March 2024, 1230pm onwards

A reminder about the joint union lobby of Labour next Tuesday. You can register for this event using this form here and help us put the pressure on Labour to uphold its pledge to oversee the ‘Biggest wave of insourcing for a generation’ if it forms the next government: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5S8JDT7

Reminder – Register for the National Industrial Organising Conference of Transport Cleaning Workers, 10-11th May

The Cleaning Grades conference will take place on Friday 10th May and Saturday 11th May 2024 at The Grand Hotel, Station Rise, North Yorkshire, York, YO1 6GD. Email: stevo1974@btinternet.com to get full details on how to register.

Churchill cleaners win mess room renovation after 9 year campaign

Churchill cleaners on the GTR contract have finally won agreement from their employer and the client company that they will fund and deliver essential renovation work to the messroom facilities at Caterham Station. This follows a 9 year campaign, including a site visit by RMT Health and Safety Reps in December 2022 which showed that the condition of the facilities safety regulations. Following discussions with the employer and the client, it has now been agreed that GTR will fund full renovation works starting in April 2024. This is a great win for our members at Churchill, showing how collective action can win a better working environment. 

Bidvest Noonan cleaners begin strike action over pay and working conditions

RMT members working for Bidvest Noonan on Alstom NTL and TPE contracts will take strike action from Monday. The cleaners are taking action over pay and working conditions having rejected the latest offer from the company. Strikes will take place in Glasgow and Manchester. Following the conclusion of the strike, RMT members will take industrial action short of strike from Wednesday by not undertaking any biological hazard cleaning. Read more here: https://www.rmt.org.uk/news/bidvest-noonan-cleaners-begin-48-hour-strike-action/

Victory for Bidvest Noonan cleaners at Transpennine Express

Your colleagues at Bidvest Noonan have won a significant new pay offer after threatening strike action. The offer includes a pay rise to £11.32 per hour backdated to 1st April 2023 and an uplift to the Real Living Wage backdated to 1st November 2023. In addition, Duty and Leisure passes will be issued after the 12-week probationary period as opposed to 12 months and members will have access to rover e-tickets permitting unlimited one day unaccompanied Standard Class travel across the TPE network for purchase by frontline supplier colleagues for themselves, their dependents, and non-dependents. This equates to 50 tickets per year which could present savings of up to £1000 against full fare travel. The company will continue with meaningful 3-way talks involving Transpennine Express, Bidvest Noonan and the RMT with a view to developing a roadmap to £15 per hour. The NEC is recommending acceptance of this offer, but it would not have been achieved without the determination to take collective strike action. 

7th February 2024: Cleaners Are Essential campaign: mobilising broadcast, 5.30pm 

Our members at Bidvest Noonan have shown that collective action can win improvements in pay and conditions and we’re stepping up our campaign to pressure employers to scrap the outsourcing model and bring cleaners into direct employment. We’ll be holding an online broadcast to help mobilise for the next period of activity in the campaign on 7th February, open to all our cleaning grades. 

You can register online for this meeting here:


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