Location: Bloomberg Headquarters, 50 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1PQ
Bloomberg is a leading distributor of financial information, news and ideas. It seems, however, that the company needs to turn an analytical lens towards its own practices as their cleaners prepare for 3 days of strike action next week. This is part of a continuing struggle over pay and conditions.
Cleaners from the worker-run union, Independent Workers’ of Great Britain, successfully mounted a campaign for living wage last year. This included a brief occupation of the London office followed by a noisy demonstration outside. They won the living wage in November 2014 and it was updated to the 2014 rate when they announced strike action earlier this month. Currently Bloomberg has decided not to issue to the cleaners, the work terms and conditions that is enjoyed upon other Bloomberg workers. The key demand behind next week’s industrial action is for entitlement to sick pay, however the workers are also concerned about a culture of disrespect towards them in the workplace.
Matilda, a mother of two and a cleaner at Bloomberg said ‘Until we are treated with the respect we deserve, we will continue to organise and fight’.
IWGB protests are gaining attention for their cacophonous actions, most recently causing major disruption at the BAFTA awards ceremony over similar disputes with the Royal Opera House. Picket lines promise to be well populated, causing further embarrassment to a management that claims to pride itself on its ethos of openness and communication.