United Kingdom - Cleaners do not accept wage cuts after outsourcing - October 31, 2016

Primary school cleaners in West Yorkshire are entering a long period of strike over claims their wages and conditions have been cut since a private company took over the contract. In the last years, thousands of schools around the country were turned into academies and the cleaning was outsourced to a private firm. This change meant school support staff has seen cuts on their wages, pensions, sick pay and holiday entitlement. Once the contract switched from Wakefield council to C&D Cleaning, they had their wages cut from £7.85 an hour to £7.20, the minimum wage.

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