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Striking cleaners, security guards and receptionists to close down the MoJ

United Voices of the World announced staff will strike for the Living Wage

WORKERS look set to close down the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) after announcing a strike for the Living Wage today.

Cleaners, security guards and receptionists at the MoJ will walk out from January 21 until 23.

The staff, who are members of the United Voices of the World (UVW) union, voted 100 per cent in favour of strike action.

Their core demand is to be paid the London Living Wage (LLW) of £10.55 an hour and to be given the sick pay and holiday entitlement in line with civil servants.

MoJ cleaners have already shown industrial muscle, having organised a three-day walkout in August that won them a 12 per cent pay rise.

However, this 48-hour strike looks set to be the largest-ever strike of outsourced workers in recent history.

It will also coincide with a strike at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when members of the PCS union will also walk out for the same demands.

An MoJ security guard said: “Some of us have worked here for 10 years. All we’re asking for is a wage that allows us to make ends meet and live with a little more dignity. Is that too much to ask from the Ministry of so-called Justice?”

A cleaner added: “We are not asking for much.

“We want and deserve the London Living Wage and will keep striking until we get it.”

 

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