PCS members employed by, the facilities management contractor ISS at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have yet again voted overwhelmingly for strike action. Many readers will recall the historic strikes these workers led in 2019, not only undertaking the first ever indefinite strike action of outsourced workers in Whitehall, but crucially winning improved pay and terms and conditions.

“Our members have been battling to get the basic Covid-19 safety measures.”

Despite the civil service, and ISS’s, performative statements that “Black Lives Matter” outsourced workers have not seen much evidence of that on the ground. As we have sadly seen across the economy, Black and migrant workers have borne the brunt of the negative effects of the pandemic, including devastating higher death rates. Our members have been battling to get the basic Covid-19 safety measures, despite the PM’s statements that cleaners and security guards are the heroes of the Covid crisis.

“They are heroes and heroes deserve to be safe.”

PCS Union does think they are heroes and heroes deserve to be safe, to be paid properly, to have job security and to not be treated as second-class workers. That is why members have voted for strike action and are fighting to breakdown the two-tier workforce that plagues Whitehall and be rightfully valued for their outstanding work throughout the pandemic.

The Government has called for a jobs-first recovery and a high wage economy. However, they are refusing to instruct their contractor, ISS, to adhere to this. Our members are fighting back and saying loud and clear BLACK LIVES MATTER.

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In solidarity,