UPDATE 5 NOV: Oxford Street blockaded, UVW takes the streets demanding very simple and fair demands for the cleaners to receive parity of pay and terms and conditions of employment with in-house staff.
from @UVWunion: Demand justice for the John Lewis cleaners, Saturday 5th November – John Lewis makes well over £100 million in profit a year despite a recent slump, and pays its Chairman over 114 times what the cleaners earn.
Nonetheless, John Lewis insists on denigrating and treating their cleaners like second class citizens, who they despicably outsource for no other reason than to deprive them of the same benefits that in-house staff receive.
Not only are the cleaners paid poverty wages of £7.29 per hour – which will be insultingly increased by only 6p an hour to £7.35 an hour on 18th October 2016 – but they are excluded from the famous partnership model lauded by all. (more…)