1382825319-cleaners-invade-john-lewis-oxford-street-calling-for-living-wage_3063413The IWGB union protested inside John Lewis’s flagship store in Oxford St demanding that the workers that clean John Lewis stores be paid a living wage and share in the benefits and profits enjoyed by other workers in the stores.

The cleaners who work at John Lewis Partnership (JLP) stores are not employed by them but by sub-contractor ICM of the Compass Group, who recently announced pre-tax profits for the year of £575 million. They pay the cleaners £6.87 per hour, only four fifths of the London Living Wage of £8.55 an hour set by the GLA and backed by the London Mayor – and which David Cameron described as “an idea whose time has come.”

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