Receptionists, security guards, porters and postroom staff at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in London have joined cleaners and caterers in striking for better pay and conditions, marking a significant escalation in the dispute. The workers are employed by the contractors ISS and Aramark, who run security, catering, cleaning and support services at BEIS. The cleaners and caterers have been on indefinite strike since 15 July. The security guards, porters and reception staff are on strike until 13 September, and will take rolling strike action in the form of one week on strike, one week off, from 30 September. The strikers are demanding the London living wage and sick pay. Some have been left in such a precarious financial situation that their union, the PCS, set up food bank donations inside the BEIS offices on Victoria Street.
Guardian 5th Sept 2019 read more »