by New Worker
CLEANERS at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) last year won a long battle for decent wages and terms and conditions.
Last week they were out on strike again, supported by their union Unison, as ISS broke the terms of that agreement by announcing that new vacancies will not be given to cleaning staff already employed in Soas.
ISS also demands that new staff must be fluent in English. Most of the Soas cleaners are immigrants and are not fluent in English but have worked there for many years, some for 18 years.
The cleaners are calling for lessons in English and insisting that new workers should not be employed on worse terms and conditions than those agreed by ISS last year.
They are angry that ISS has begun trying to recruit new workers on worse terms and conditions, which is a breach of the agreement secured last year, and which will create a two-tier workforce.