Global union vows to organise more cleaners

31st of May 2011
Global union vows to organise more cleaners

Delegates at a global trade union meeting in Madrid have passed a proposal to organise cleaners around the world and to sign more Global Agreements with the biggest multinationals in the industry.

UNI Property Services is focusing on the cleaning and security industries with its ambitious plan – it says these two sectors employ some of the world’s most vulnerable workers.

“We want jobs with justice and better standards for cleaning and security workers,” said head of UNI Property Services Alice Dale. “Global Agreements and Corporate Social Responsibility agreements are not enough. We have to go farther at multinationals and ensure all of their workers have union contracts. We have to organise.”

UNI has already signed Global Agreements in the Property Services sector with G4S, ISS and Securitas. With these companies, UNI is focused on enforcing the agreement and organising the companies’ workers around the world.

The Property Services affiliates also unanimously endorsed UNI Equality’s 40for40 campaign to increase gender equality in UNI and its unions and to ensure at least 40 per cent representation of both genders in all UNI leadership structures. Unions unanimously passed a motion to achieve this at the UNI World Congress in Nagasaki this November.


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