Cleaners should have living wages, says TUC

13 Aug 2014 10:47 AM

Responding to today’s (Wednesday) publication by the Equality and Human Rights Commission of The Invisible Workforce: Employment Practices in the Cleaning Sector TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This report shines a light on British businesses’ dirty secret – the appalling conditions faced by those who clean their offices and workplaces.

“Cleaners across Britain face poverty wages, job insecurity and a lack of respect from their employer. Many do not get their legal entitlements to holiday pay or the minimum wage, and tackling this injustice by speaking up and joining a union often results in further persecution.

“Agencies who employ cleaners – as well as the millions of businesses who use their services – have a duty of care to ensure cleaning staff are treated fairly. Living wage contracts are a great place to start.”

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