Justice for cleaners, porters, maintenance workers at the Foreign Office

PCS Interserve strikers
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See below an appeal from the PCS for support in their dispute at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office involving cleaners, porters and maintenance workers.

Dear Colleagues

I am writing to you to ask for your support for a current PCS dispute with Interserve who provide facilities management services to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

PCS members provide cleaning, maintenance and portering services at the FCO started a month-long strike on the 3 February due to:

  • Imposition of contractual pay changes,
  • Unilaterally reducing the working hours of cleaners,
  • Non payment of company sick pay from day one,
  • Refusal to recognise PCS for collective bargaining.

This follows 18 days’ action since May 2019 which resulted in ACAS talks but the employer changed the terms of the agreement at the last minute. Many of those involved are low paid, migrant workers, who are first time union members.

HeartUnions Solidarity Morning

Tuesday 11 February between 8:30-9:30 am

I would like to invite you and your members to join us for a trade union solidarity morning on:

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Between 8:30-9:30 am

At the FCO, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH (nearest tube is Westminster)

Please bring your trade union flags and banners.

We will have a short rally with Frances O’Grady, Mark Serwotka and Cat Hobbs from We Own It. We are particularly keen to allow other members in dispute to speak too. We will then have a photo opportunity for HeartUnions week.

I attach a copy of our public leaflet for further information.

Other ways you can show solidarity

1.    Sign and publicise our e-action
2.    Ask MPs to sign our Early Day Motion #125 
3.    Take a photo using the attached solidarity card and tweet using #InterserveStrikers
4.    Donate to the PCS fighting fund

Yours in solidarity

Sharon Leslie

PCS London and South East Regional Secretary
160 Falcon Road
London SW11 2LN
Tel: 020 7801 2764