London, UK. 7th August 2018. The chair of the Kensington & Chelsea council planning committee public meeting tells the United Voices of the World trade union members and supporters that the committee is not the right place for them to make their case and suspends the meeting. The union was angered by the withdrawal of a promise made earlier in the day to bring the cleaners at Kensington & Chelsea council back into direct employment and decided to interrupt the public meeting to state the case for the cleaners to receive the London Living Wage. Most councillors wothdrew as the meeting was susp

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London, UK. 7th August 2018. The chair of the Kensington & Chelsea council planning committee public meeting tells the United Voices of the World trade union members and supporters that the committee is not the right place for them to make their case and suspends the meeting. The union was angered by the withdrawal of a promise made earlier in the day to bring the cleaners at Kensington & Chelsea council back into direct employment and decided to interrupt the public meeting to state the case for the cleaners to receive the London Living Wage. Most councillors wothdrew as the meeting was suspended and there was a short debate where a councillor and several members of the public spoke supporting the cleaners; the protesters left after Councillor Catherine Faulks gave a promise to come with other councillors and discuss the claim with the cleaners at the picket the following morning. The cleaners are currently taking part in a three day coordinated strike calling for a living wage from Kensington & Chelsea council, the Ministry of Justice and hospitals and outpatient clinics in London run by Health Care America. Employed by outsourced contracting companies, they also demand proper sick pay, conditions of service comparable to directly employed workers and to be treated with proper dignity and respect by their managers and employers. Peter Marshall/Alamy Live News

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