• Petitioned David Latchman

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Master
David Latchman
Estates
David McGhie

Birkbeck: Say 'Yes!' to a clean university and justice for the cleaners

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      Birkbeck Justice for Cleaners!

We believe that the cleaners of our university are a vital part of this community. Birkbeck relies on the good functioning of offices and a clean environment in order to continue our research and education.

For this reason, we are deeply concerned by the current proposal for offices to be cleaned every other day, instead of on a daily basis. This change would be of serious
detriment to the lives of the cleaners, and also to the working conditions of staff and students.

The cleaners already work without proper pensions, sick pay or holiday pay and, while the college pays the London Living Wage, this is still a low wage, at £8.55/hour. The contractor, Ocean, have proposed to cut 15 minutes from the working day of every cleaner. As most of the cleaners work at Birkbeck for 2 hours/day (while holding down 2 or 3 other jobs), this amounts to a 12.5% wage cut.

Furthermore, Birkbeck have attempted to implement this change without staff or students having been consulted about its effects. If Birkbeck is to attain its mission of being a world-class research and teaching institution, then it is imperative that we have the best environment in which to work and study.

For this reason, we call on Birkbeck management to show that everyone in the university is a respected part of the community here, and to either direct Ocean not to cut the hours, or to make up the difference in pay themselves.

To:
David Latchman, Master
David McGhie, Estates
Say 'Yes!' to a clean Birkbeck and justice for the cleaners

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Adam Driscoll LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      Coming to work for a shift of less than 2 hours is unreasonable and unfair as the workload is not reduced for those staff.

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    • Jason Lever BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      About to start a part-time MA and very disappointed that an institution like Birkbeck is not paying the LLW.

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    • Mary Branson LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      How mean spirited to reduce the cleaners' hours just because they won the right to a living wage. Shame on Ocean, their employer.

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    • Michael Macleod LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      I am a Birkbeck graduate committed to the College's ethos of equality and empowerment. This action runs contrary to all the College represents - please put pressure on Ocean to protect the salaries of their hard working cleaners.

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    • Tim Webb BROMLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      as I am a cleaner and sympathize with other cleaners

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