• We reproduce the text of an important petition by the Justice for Cleaners campaign to Sadiq Khan, the Labour Mayor of London. Please sign it and share it!
ABM, the giant company that cleans the Underground and Transport for London’s offices, has announced plans to furlough approximately 200 of its cleaners during the Covid-19 crisis. The furlough scheme only guarantees 80% of a worker’s salary. It is a matter of record that ABM’s cleaners are poorly paid and they had been running a campaign for better pay and conditions in the year before the Covid crisis hit.
We call on Mayor Khan as the ultimate employer to guarantee the remaining 20% pay of all furloughed ABM staff and call on Mayor Khan to immediately extend staff travel rights to ABM cleaners
ABM cleaners’ representatives have approached the employer and the Mayor with a view to extending the staff travel arrangements enjoyed by all other TfL employees. Sadly the Mayor’s office has said that with only 5% of normal passenger traffic at the moment TfL needs the cleaners’ money. This is pretty shameful.
The Mayor is fully aware that London’s social housing crisis and the rip off private rental sector mean that a very large percentage of TfL’s cleaners live in Zones 4-6 and using the cheaper (or temporarily free) buses means cleaners spend hours and hours of their day traveling.