cleaners

Cleaners beat the Bank of New York Mellon in just 30 hours

Cleaners organising through the grassroots union United Voices of the World won the London Living Wage just 30 hours after declaring their intention to strike.

Cleaners take on Canary Wharf bank to fight for living wage

Cleaners organised with the United Voices of the World union are set to strike for a living wage at the Bank of New York in Canary Wharf while cleaners' disputes continue at the London School of Economics and Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Migrant cleaners in Living Wage victory against the Daily Mail

A group of migrant cleaners - who are members of the trade union United Voices of the World (UVW) - have just won a historic victory at the Daily Mail.

Migrant cleaners at the Daily Mail to strike against poverty wages

Outsourced cleaners at the Daily Mail, predominantly from Latin America and Africa, have demanded to be paid the current London living wage of £10.20 p/h and threatened strike action, if their demands are not met.

Kate Mullany and the Collar Laundry Union

CLU commemorative graphic

A history of the Collar Laundry Union – the first female union in the United States – set up by Kate Mullany, Esther Keegan and others in Troy, New York in 1864.

Cleaners at luxury car dealer protest suspensions after strike vote

Cleaners at a Ferrari showroom in London's richest borough were suspended without pay this week after voting for strike action. Their union, United Voices of the World, are now preparing to take HR Owen luxury cars and Templewood cleaning agency to court for trade union victimisation.

Tribute to Ernesto Leal, a founder of the London migrant cleaners' movement

Tribute written by members of the Latin American Workers' Association (LAWAS) in 2009 after the death of Ernesto Leal (11 January 1938 - 22 October 2009), Chilean communist exile who eventually moved to London, working as a cleaner and founding LAWAS. In the same days of Leal's death, Unite the union purged LAWAS, leading cleaners to join the IWW and eventually founding IWGB and UVW, which continue to organise cleaners and other low-wage migrant workers in London's service sector. We republish it here from The Commune (now defunct) in light of the recent historic victories of migrant cleaners at LSE and SOAS.

UK: A Promising Hospital Strike

Cleaners manifesting during London hospital strike 2017

Since the Spring of this year in several London hospitals about 750 cleaners, security personnel and porters have been in dispute with their employer, Serco. They are part of the lowest paid workers in the U.K.

Coalition representing 350,000 announces May 1st strike

Picture from the May 1st 2006 "Day Without Immigrants" strike

Workers will strike on International Worker's Day to protest worsening conditions across the country

Mississippi's first labour union - Ken Lawrence

Washerwomen at work in 1910

A short account of the first trade union in Mississippi, which was created in 1866 by African-American washerwomen.