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UK: Google's contract cleaners in London threaten to strike over poor working conditions & 'unfair' suspension of union representatives

"Google's cleaners in London are threatening to go on strike over working conditions", 10 October 2019

... The cleaners, who work for... contract cleaning firm Principle, allege that their employer has withheld bonus payments, refused to provide contractual sick pay, and drastically cut the workforce at Google's offices — effectively doubling their workload, a move that they say resulted in at least four workers suffering from leg and back issues.

In early October... cleaners and union supporters gathered around Google's... London offices to protest... unfair suspension of two cleaners who had been pushing for better working conditions as union representatives of the Cleaners & Allied Independent Workers Union (CAIWU).

Less than a week before Principle was due to sit down with CAIWU to discuss the issues raised by cleaners, the two reps were suspended from their jobs... in what the union calls an "incredible coincidence." One of the cleaners... accused of being involved in the disappearance of a mobile phone in Google's office... denies this, and says he has not been shown any evidence... [T]he second cleaner was accused of being involved in the disappearance of other unspecified items, but these charges were later dropped by Principle. Both cleaners have been suspended on full pay and are waiting to hear the outcome of an investigation...

At least 18 cleaners are now threatening to strike if Principle doesn't address the issues they have raised, and are publicly calling on Google to take action...