Saturday, May 26, 2012

UNISON Secures Living Wage victory for Cleaners at St George's

Well done and another great victory for the local UNISON Health branch at St George's Hospital. In 2008 they secured a living wage for cleaners employed by ISS (see here and photo) . Now they have done the same after years of campaigning for cleaners employed in the Medical school. See press release below.


UNISON at St Georges Hospital has secured after a lengthy campaign the introduction of the London Living Wage for cleaning staff working in the Medical School. The new hourly rate of £8.30 per hour will be introduced on 1st August 2012.

The union has also concluded a comprehensive union recognition agreement with the company that employs the Medical School cleaners, Ocean Facilities Services Ltd.

Simon Emdin, UNISON Branch Secretary stated:

“We are pleased that the St Georges Medical School has recognised the importance of paying the London Living Wage it will make a significant improvement to the working lives of many hardworking low paid women workers.

UNISON pays tribute to the cleaners and St Georges medical students for their role in ensuring that the London Living Wage was fully implemented”.

Linda Perks, UNISON Regional Secretary stated:

“As a union we are fully committed to ensuring all staff on the St Georges Hospital site secure as a minimum the London Living Wage.  

UNISON is hoping to conclude London Living Wage agreements with all Medical School’s in the Capital.” 

UNISON St Georges Hospital branch has over 2,000 members and has campaigned for a London Living Wage over many years.

Update: Unisonactive and Unison national


Anonymous said...

good news from our Tooting contingent, well done all, 2nd Batt Ratcatchers,,,,,,

Anonymous said...

Great news

I know UNISON has been campaigning for the London Living Wage on the St Georges Hospital site for the last 6 years

Well done everybody

Anonymous said...

St Georges Hospital UNISON have always fought for London Living Wage

Proud to be Union

Proud to be UNISON

John Gray said...


please note that I have a pretty relaxed “comments policy” and really don’t mind people having a pop at me but I draw the line with my union. I have deleted 2 vile and pretty disgusting attacks by some sort of tiny self important anti-trade union cult which I have never heard of before.

They are evidently fully paid up members of the brain washed idiots brigade.

Rubbish in: Rubbish out

Anonymous said...

UNISON has had members in the cleaning department at the Medical school for the last 20 years on some contracts we secured living wages only lost in last two contracts

we are pleased to win back the living wage

macuser_e7 said...


This is good news indeed for the workers at St George's.

In your capacity as councillor, can you confirm that all Newham council staff are paid AT LEAST the London Living Wage?

And that the council requires all of its private sector contractors to do the same?

John Gray said...

Fair point macuser

Last time I checked they were but since then there has been a national NJC wage freeze and a rise in London Living wage. I will check.

Regrettably a council cannot legally require that its contractors pay a living wage but there are legitimate ways of trying to ensure they do.

Please also understand that in a local authority context we will not only be arguing for a living wage but for living wage plus e.g. decent sickness pay, pension and holidays

Often this is forgotten.

John Gray said...


Yes, I've checked and all Newham Council directly employed staff are paid the London Living Wage(plus)

I'm looking into a possible Newham TULO initiative to encourage a LLW(P)in private contractors of all public sector employers in Newham (NHS, University, FE, Civil Service, Community & Voluntary, Transport etc) and listed “Public” (i.e. Private) companies.