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That this House notes with great concern that cleaners employed at the Ministry of Justice in Whitehall by the contractor OCS Group receive the minimum wage of £7.50 per hour, and also suffer from inferior terms and conditions than those of their in-house counterparts regarding occupational leave and sick pay; further notes that the cleaners only receive Statutory Sick Pay, which provides £35.74 for the first week when an employee is off sick and £89.35 per week from there on, meaning that the cleaners are often forced to work when they are ill because of the fear of being evicted; notes that the cleaners are not afforded the dignity of separate rooms for men and women to change in; notes that the minimum wage of £7.50 is not a living wage, and that workers in London who receive below the London living wage of £10.20 per hour by definition are living in poverty; supports the cleaners' calls, made through their union United Voices of the World, for the London Living wage, contractual sick pay, equal annual leave entitlements to their in-house colleagues and separate changing rooms for men and women; calls on the Ministry of Justice to backdate the London Living Wage to 1 November 2017 and to confirm it will remain a Living Wage employer on 1 November 2018; and further calls on OCS to recognise and negotiate with the cleaners' trade union.
Total number of signatures: 20
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