Fair Furlough NOW! Fight for Furlough: everyone is essential

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We are mothers.

We are fathers.

We are daughters and sons that cannot support our families anymore, that will be forced onto Universal Credit and other benefits, because the furlough scheme is ending. Many of us also can not access benefits due to our precarious living situations and language barriers​. We have to endure the fact that the government prefers to push us further into poverty rather than maintain our employment through the support scheme supposedly created to protect us. 

We demand a furlough scheme that is indefinite and compulsory.

Throughout the pandemic, essential workers from the cleaning sector have been forgotten by the UK Government through its flawed implementation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS, or ‘furlough’). The extensions of the furlough scheme for short periods of time and the uncertainty sowed by its application as a discretionary, rather than obligatory, scheme have been a series of great mistakes. These mistakes have resulted in many job losses - the very thing furlough is intended to avoid.

We have been living the reality created by these mistakes. 

As cleaners, we are amongst the worst affected workers by the pandemic. As offices remain shut, companies have already started making us redundant in anticipation of the furlough scheme ending in April. The government needs to act now. 



1. Extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme indefinitely. Extending furlough means extending a vital lifeline for thousands of workers like us and our families, offering continued job protection while Covid-19 is curbed and the economy brought back to full capacity. 

“If furlough is set to end before full economic recovery and return to normality, the transition period will be fatal for workers and a failure for the government’s plan of job retention.” (Jesus Jimenez, Cleaners and Facilities Branch Secretary)

2. Make use of the furlough compulsory for employers. End arbitrary redundancy decisions by employers who refuse to preserve employment through the furlough scheme. Require explicit, fact-based proof that furlough is not viable.



1. Follow the IWGB Cleaners and Facilities branch on social media and share our campaign online. (FacebookTwitter)
2. Sign the Change.org petition to show your support for extension of the furlough scheme.
3. Write to your MP asking them to join our Fight For Furlough coalition via ActionNetwork.