I just caught the tail end of the protest, as a fellow Unite member joined in to offer solidarity and chatted to some of the Justice for Cleaners activists. The company MacLellan is contracted to clean Lloyds yet it is the only cleaning company in London that is refusing to talk to the union. The cleaners earn minimum wage working unsocial hours, no sick pay and basic annual leave. Health and safety is non existent. And MacLellan won't recognise the union and if cleaners have joined the union they have been subjected to intimidation by the bosses.
MacLellan on their website states (using that patronising corporate language):
"MacLellan employees are encouraged to consider the values as part of their daily working lives and employees are regularly rewarded with 'Values In Action' certificates for consistently demonstrating company values".
Gee, how quaint, stick that certificate on the wall of the accomodation you can barely afford. I mean, who needs a living wage, terms and conditions and a recognised union when you have a piece of paper that demonstrates your reward for sticking to company values? These capitalist parasites take the piss! And I am sure their bloated shareholders do very nicely thank-you-very-much out of this utter exploitation.
There is another protest planned soon outside Lloyds HQ. Another is planned at Canary Wharf on the 23rd May 2007 from 3pm and more activities in June. I will keep comrades up-to-date with plans for protests.
(The pics on Indymedia are much much better than mine as it was taken on my rinky dinky Motorola Pebble..)