Street cleaners and drivers employed by Continental Landscapes will this week hold two day walk-outs over pay after Wandsworth Council ignored requests to pay them the London Living Wage.
According to the GMB which represents the striking workers, cleaning and driving staff employed by Continental are currently paid £7.50 an hour. The London Living Wage is £9.75.
Councillor Fleur Anderson, Labour spokesman on Community Services, said: “residents in Wandsworth already get a bad deal when it comes to street cleaning services which have been cut back by the Council to the point where bins have been removed and collections cancelled to save money.”
Paul Grafton, GMB Regional Officer said: “the directors of Continental Landscapes are simply promoting modern day slavery within Wandsworth and yet the Council show no interest and appear to be happy to see the staff earning so little. Some staff are struggling to pay for the most basic of needs”.
Wandsworth Council subcontracts its cleaning services to Continental. The one day walk-outs will take place today, February 28, and tomorrow, March 1.
Fleur Anderson concluded: “My inbox is full of complaints about poor street cleaning and I and my Labour colleagues have to report fly-tips daily. Given Wandsworth’s very poor track record on street services and the clear unhappiness of the workers who carry out this vital service, I fear this problem will only get worse, not better.”