Spook your bosses: A Halloween report from the cleaners’ picket line

One day, five strikes and seven pickets — our man on the ground reports cleaners have been frightening the great and the good with demands for better pay and conditions. There is a spectre haunting outsourcing in the UK. It’s the organised rebellious workers of the United Voices of the World. From 7.30am on Thursday

Rattling cages: rise of the United Voices of the World

In early August 2018 cleaners at the Ministry of Justice and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea started a coordinated three-day strike. All migrants, the cleaners joined United Voices of the World (UVW) to fight for better pay and conditions at work. They have been ignored for too long by subcontractors who pay poverty

Harrods union workers win tips fight!

After a month-long campaign, the 483 porters, waiters and chefs who work in Harrods’ restaurants and catering services have been told they will be getting 100% of the tips given by customers — potentially adding to up to £5,000 per person per year. Staff at the posh London department store had previously seen up to

Protest to take on tip-stealers Harrods: Jan 7th

Pic: Herry Lawford

Union activists and supporters of restaurant staff at Knightbridge department store Harrods will be demanding that its grasping owners show some respect by giving 100% of tips back to chefs, waiters and porters, rather than stealing away up to three quarters for Qatari royals. The firm, which was bought by Qatar Investment Authority in 2010, is currently grabbing up to