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Cleaners United

Photo from the campaign launch in May 2021

Cleaners United is a new national alliance of trade unions including Unite, PCS and IWGB, and community organisations that are working together to improve the working conditions of cleaners.

Together we will campaign to improve working conditions for migrant cleaners and to tackle issues like low pay, discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace which cleaners say is rife in the cleaning industry.

The huge listening campaign is aiming to speak to at least 500 cleaners in the UK. From the results of the campaign, Cleaners United will begin a national campaign to improve the working conditions of cleaners.

In the UK, migrant cleaners account for a third of the cleaning workforce nationally and over half of the cleaning force in London. Despite being key workers, cleaners face some of the worst working conditions in the UK.

This listening campaign will last until the end of July. Following that cleaners will be invited to decide the direction that the national campaign will take and to work together to challenge employers and the government to improve the working conditions of these key workers. Visit the Centre for Progressive Change's website for more information.

Organisations in the campaign: IWGB, PCS Union, Unite the Union Hotel Workers’ Branch, Focus of Labour Exploitation, Latin American Women’s Rights Service, Workers’ Rights Centre, English for Action, Work Rights Centre, POMOC, East European Resource Centre.