May Hobbs

Jolting memory: Nightcleaners recalled - Sheila Rowbotham

Frames from Nightcleaners

Sheila Rowbotham recalls both the campaigns to organise female night cleaners in London from 1970, and the 1975 film by Marc Karlin about the same.

Housing and cleaners' struggles in London in the 1960s-70s - May Hobbs

May Hobbs

In two chapters from her autobiographical account Born To Struggle, May describes her struggles against landlords, employees and council and union bureaucrats. As a result of her experiences working as a night cleaner, she set up the rank'n'file group Cleaners Action and led a cleaners' strike at the Ministry of Defence offices.