United Kingdom - Workers strike during court ruling collective bargaining outsourced workers - February 28, 2019

Hundreds of facilities workers at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Ministry of Justice, who earn as little as 7.83 pound an hour, joined cleaners from the University of London in a 1-day strike against outsourcing, which they say exposes them to insecurity and discrimination. Cleaners, security, catering staff and others represented by the PCS union are demanding the living wage, equal terms and conditions and an end to outsourcing. Cleaners and security officers from are demanding the living wage, and cleaners from the University of London who already won better pay and conditions, are demanding equal terms and conditions with directly employed staff. The strike is timed to coincide with a ruling on a landmark case on collective bargaining that could empower the UK’s 3.3 million outsourced workers to negotiate directly with their companies buying the outsourced services - as well as their direct employers.

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