PCS members at Bootle walk out as BEIS workers begin fifth week of indefinite strike action

PCS members working for outsourcing giant ISS, cleaning HMRC buildings in Bootle and Liverpool, today begin three more days of strike action.

The latest action follows the well-supported two-day strike in July, which forced ISS not just to bring in cleaners from other sites, but to actually bring in more cleaners than they normally employ in Bootle.

And comes as outsourced workers at BEIS start their fifth week of indefinite strike action .

Following the first round of action, the union wrote again to ISS, calling on the company to meet with them to seek a resolution to the dispute. Disappointingly, ISS refused to even meet with PCS, stating “a meeting at this time would be of no benefit to either of us”, and leaving members with no option but to escalate the industrial campaign.

The industrial action is part of the PCS campaign to secure the Living Wage for ISS cleaning staff, along with similar conditions of service to their HMRC colleagues, and commitments to job security should the Bootle and Liverpool offices close.

PCS has already written to the prime minister to demand that he honours his commitment, made in the House of Commons, that every entry level worker and cleaner in Whitehall would receive the Living Wage.

Picket lines will be held on all three days at:

  • The Triad, Stanley Road, Bootle
  • Imperial Court, Exchange Street East, Liverpool
  • Regian House, James Street, Liverpool.

Additionally a strike rally will take place at 12.30pm tomorrow  at the Victoria Monument, Derby Square, Liverpool.

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