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Industrial LSE cleaners vow to continue action as they win two years backdated holiday pay

CLEANERS at the London School of Economics (LSE) have vowed to continue their industrial and legal action after winning two years’ backdated holiday pay — amounting to thousands of pounds. 

The members of United Voices of the World (UVW) union were also granted a one-off lump sum after they took strike action over the summer and launched a group tribunal claim.

Their claim for six years of unpaid holiday pay since the start of their LSE contracts will continue, a UVW spokesman added.

Vilma Villamoros, LSE cleaner of 11 years and UVW member, said:
“This victory should tell them that this time they won’t get away with it.

“We have worked with honesty, during the pandemic when the bosses and others were away, we were standing up for the students of Bankside House and facing the consequences, but none of that is recognised.”

UVW general secretary Petros Elia added: “History tells us that LSE only stops treating cleaners like second-class workers when faced with a UVW strike, in 2017 we forced them to end outsourcing.”

LSE was contacted for comment.

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