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Cleaners win living wage after longest strike in City of London

Maria Susana Benavidez Guaman
Londres, ENG, United Kingdom

Jul 22, 2016 — Hi everyone,

I have some great news!

Cleaners working in the City of London have won the London Living Wage after an unprecedented 43 days of consecutive strike action.

This is the longest strike in the history of the City of London and the longest strike by an entirely migrant, in this case Latin American, workforce.

The cleaners, who are members of the trade union United Voices of the World (, work at 100 Wood Street, an office building which is owned by the world's second richest man Amancio Ortega. It is also home to financial giants such as JP Morgan and Schroders and is managed by CBRE, a Fortune 500 commercial real estate company who outsource the cleaning to the cleaning company Thames Cleaning & Support Service Limited .

The cleaners have been on strike since 8 June and whilst this is a significant victory, they have voted unanimously to continue until all their demands are met.

They are calling for the reinstatement of unlawfully sacked colleagues, backdated payment of the London Living Wage to 1 January 2016, union recognition, and a guarantee that they will receive the Living Wage at the new adjusted rate each year as announced by the mayor of London every 1st November. At the moment there is no guarantee that the cleaning company, Thames, will increase the cleaners wages next year or the year after that.

Thank you all to those that have already made a donation to the strike fund. Your donation helped them get this far and win the London Living Wage.

Please help them continue their strike and take it to complete victory by either making your first donation or a second donation if you have already done so and are able to do so again. You can follow the link here:

Many thanks for your time and support

If you have any questions please contact UVW's General Secretary,
Petros Elia at:

Many thanks for your time and support

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