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Jason Cortez
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Nov 1 2006 12:32
Justice for Cleaners Campaign Call Out

Sorry for just cutting and pasting this..

CALL FOR ACTION AGAINST ISS

The ‘Justice for Cleaners’ campaign part of an international alliance of unions representing mainly migrant workers, who are taking on the biggest building services contractors and their clients in the world. Since this campaign began in London, T&G have organised workers into activism that have fought and won for increased pay and conditions at: The House of Parliament, Canary Wharf (Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Clifford Chance, and HSBC) The Corporation of London (Linklaters, Nomura, KPMG, Barclays, Merril Lynch, and The Gherkin). On the London Underground,
unionised cleaners sacked their boss (Blue Diamond). This was the first time a contract had been aborted on the London underground, with the contract lost worth over £21 million pounds.

But this campaign in London is still young, and we need your help. T&G and affiliate unions abroad are targeting ISS cleaning services. ISS are the biggest building services company in the world. ISS operate out of 42 countries with their head office in Denmark. The overwhelming majority of their workers are migrants and on the minimum wage. ISS Cleaning Services are owned by the global investment bank ‘Goldman Sachs’.

In London, ISS have contracts in universities, hospitals, the underground (including the depots), financial institutions, law firms and department stores.

We are asking for your help in our actions against ISS. We will be demonstrating outside their client buildings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week at 12noon and 5pm.

Our objective is beat the crap out of these massive companies who are paying their cleaners poverty wages. We can damage ISS through their clients.
To do this we need a strong, steady army of activists. At this time, we can continue to build the network between activist groups in London and migrant workers.

There are other ways to participate in this campaign. The organising team ‘hits’ (or blitzes) a site at least once a week. If you can help, that would be great, especially if you can speak Spanish, Portuguese or Polish.

We have our team meetings on Friday mornings, so if you’re curious about the campaign and / or you would like some input. It would be great to see you.
You can contact me on: aceravolo@tgwu.org.uk or 07 900 405 787.

Cheers, Anita

More Information:
SEIU (USA) www.seiu.org/property/janitors/
LHMU (AUSTRALIA) http://www.lhmu.org.au/lhmu/campaigns/Clean_Start/
T&G – JUSTICE FOR CLEANERS
HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT: www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,1523774,00.html
CANARY WHARF:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/4396093.stm
KPMG: http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/article.php?article_id=8433
BLUE DIAMOND: http://www.thecleanzine.com/pages3/Underpaid.html

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Nov 2 2006 10:12
Jason Cortez wrote:
The organising team ‘hits’ (or blitzes) a site at least once a week.

Let's just hope that 1) the team assembles when & where it says it's going to assemble, 2) the "blitz" starts at the publicised time and 3) the premises they "blitz" is the one they said they were going to, eh? wink

ftony
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Nov 2 2006 13:17

very much so button. we don't want the fiasco that we were embroiled in to happen 'at least once a week'!

Jason Cortez
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Nov 2 2006 14:28

Come, come boys you can't expect too much of the left wing of capital these days.

Jason Cortez
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Nov 3 2006 17:21

Just ignore the above in house talk, if i were you.

Jason Cortez
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Nov 8 2006 12:47

CALL FOR ACTION:
MIGRANT WORKERS DEMAND JUSTICE

HELP REQUIRED FOR GLOBAL ACTION AGAINST ISS

This is the big push forward to demand Justice for Cleaners: an international campaign for the right of cleaners to organise within ISS - one of the worlds biggest multinational Cleaning Companies.

Two weeks of action to force employers to enter into meaningful negotiations with unions around the globe – come and help out with this exciting campaign.

With your help we can force these huge corporations to give justice to low paid workers

• Do you care about the injustice faced by low paid migrant workers?
• Can you spare some time to help out in this campaign (however little)?
 Do you want to get some experience as a union organiser?

If so, let us know. Come along to the next London organisers meeting on Wednesday 15th November @ 6.30pm to learn more about this campaign and how to participate .

The ‘Justice for Cleaners’ campaign is part of an international alliance of unions representing mainly migrant workers. These workers are taking on the biggest building services contractors (and their clients) in the world. The objective is beat the crap out of these massive companies who are paying their cleaners poverty wages.

Since this campaign began in London, T&G have organised workers into activists that have fought and won for increased pay and conditions at: The House of Parliament, Canary Wharf (Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, Clifford Chance, and HSBC) The City of London (Linklaters, Nomura, KPMG, Barclays, Merrill Lynch, The Gherkin, Deloitte, Price Waterhouse Coopers). On the London Underground, a campaign resulted in one company (Blue Diamond) losing it contract . This was the first time a contract had been aborted on the London underground, with the contract lost worth over £21 million pounds.

But this campaign in London is still young, and we need your help.

T&G and affiliate unions abroad are targeting ISS cleaning services. ISS are the biggest building services company in the world. ISS operate out of 42 countries with their head office in Denmark. The overwhelming majority of their workers are migrants with many on the minimum wage. ISS Cleaning Services are part owned owned by the global investment bank ‘Goldman Sachs’.

In London, ISS have contracts in universities, hospitals, the underground (including the depots), financial institutions, law firms and department stores. We are asking for your help in our actions against ISS.
From Monday November 20 till Monday December 4, the T&G and affiliate unions are coordinating a series of global actions against ISS. Our aim is to organise 2 weeks of mayhem - the details of which are not appropriate to detail over the email.

To do this we need a strong, steady army of activists. During this campaign we can continue to build the network between academics, students, activist groups and migrant workers.

If you’re interested, please contact me with the details of when you can be available during November 20th & December 4th.

On Monday November 20 there will be a day of civil disobedience training at the central office of T&G.

The actions start around 8am till about 6pm each day. Please detail in advance the days and times you can participate. Expenses will be covered by the union.

Please help out by doing at least one of these things:

1.We have our team meetings on Friday mornings at about 11am, so if you’re curious about the campaign and / or you would like some input (creative ideas about collective actions very welcome) It would be great to see you. To become involved (or if you have any questions) contact me on: aceravolo@tgwu.org.uk or 07 900 405 787.

2.Come along to the next London Organisers Network Meeting on Wednesday 15 November at 6.30 at the TGWU, Transport House, Theobalds Road, Holborn.

3.Circulate this email to people you know who might be able to help - your friends, students, trade union activists and branches and any other activists you know.

In solidarity,
Anita Ceravolo
Organiser - Transport & General Workers Union - Organising To Win

Jason Cortez
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Nov 16 2006 13:36

NEXT TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21st at LUNCHTIME

‘JUSTICE FOR CLEANERS’ WILL DEMONSTRATE AGAINST ‘GOLDMAN SACHS’ WHO OWN 45% OF THE PROPERTY SERVICES GIANT – ISS.
Lastest news, sorry for cut and paste.

MEET 11.30 AT T&G CENTRAL OFFICE
TRANSPORT HOUSE
128 THEOBALDS RD HOLBORN
LONDON WC1X 8TN

A FEW MINUTES FROM HOLBORN TUBE.

THE DEMO SHOULD START BY 12.15 ....IF IT’S MUCH EASIER FOR YOU TO GO STRAIGHT THERE, CAN YOU PLEASE TEXT ME 07 900 405 787 ABOUT AN HOUR IN ADVANCE …. IN CASE THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE OF PLAN.

GOLDMAN SACHS
120 FLEET STREET.
NEAREST TUBE: CHANCERY LANE

Jason Cortez
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Nov 16 2006 13:41

Stuff about the Justice for Janitors campaign in the states and the four week strike by cleaners in Huston. http://www.houstonjanitors.org/chevron-day-of-action-11152006/

Jason Cortez
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Nov 22 2006 09:40

Today WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 22nd at LUNCHTIME

‘JUSTICE FOR CLEANERS’ WILL DEMONSTRATE AGAINST ‘GOLDMAN SACHS’ WHO OWN 45% OF THE PROPERTY SERVICES GIANT – ISS.

MEET 11.30 AT T&G CENTRAL OFFICE
TRANSPORT HOUSE
128 THEOBALDS RD HOLBORN
LONDON WC1X 8TN

A FEW MINUTES FROM HOLBORN TUBE.

THE DEMO SHOULD START BY 12.15 ....IF IT’S MUCH EASIER FOR YOU TO GO STRAIGHT THERE, CAN YOU PLEASE TEXT ME 07 900 405 787 ABOUT AN HOUR IN ADVANCE …. IN CASE THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE OF PLAN.

GOLDMAN SACHS
120 FLEET STREET.
NEAREST TUBE: CHANCERY LANE

a repeat of yestaday's demo

Jason Cortez
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Nov 22 2006 16:30

evening demos here:
http://libcom.org/forums/events-and-announcements/justice-for-cleaners-d...

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Jan 10 2013 12:32

a short film in solidarity about the university of london cleaners strike where they won the london living wage and are now continuing their struggle for pensions, sick pay and holidays: http://en.labournet.tv/video/6423/3-cosas