United Voices of the World (UVW) organized the demonstration outside Downing Street in the face of Sue Gray’s Partygate report, which revealed the “unacceptable” treatment of government cleaners and security guards
Demonstrators have gathered outside Downing Street to protest the ‘outrageous’ treatment of cleaners and security guards during Partygate.
Whitehall Enforcer Sue Gray has exposed the behavior of Boris Johnson and his staff behind closed doors during the Covid pandemic.
And that includes the gatherings that are breaking the lockdown, as well as the “acceptable” treatment of the cleaners and wardens who have exposed outlaw parties.
She said they felt “unable to properly voice their concerns.”
United Voices of the World (UVW), a union representing cleaners and security guards at government buildings, organized the Friday demonstration, which began at 5:30 p.m.
The union wants to raise awareness of the culture of disrespect towards low paid workers such as cleaners and security guards in government buildings and offices across London.
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The group has also worked to highlight the death of Emanuel Gomes, a father who was an outsourced cleaner at the Justice Department who died in April 2020 after working for five days with suspected Covid symptoms.
He believed he could not afford to lose income.
It comes after the Prime Minister apologized to security and cleaning staff for their appalling treatment at events of which he insisted he was “unaware” and said he was “surprised and disappointed” to hear from them .
This included the infamous Christmas party on December 18, 2020, where dozens gathered for a noisy kneel in No 10, which Ms Gray’s account said resulted in cleaners finding evidence of heavy drinking, as well as wine splattering on the wall.
Petros Elia, UVW Secretary General, said: “We are not the least bit surprised by the revelations in the Sue Gray report.
“We have thousands of members working as cleaners and security guards and these workers face disrespect and discrimination on a daily basis in offices and government buildings across London, not just Downing Street.
“It’s outrageous to throw rowdy and illegal parties during the pandemic, but then to expect cleaners to swipe after you and pay them, porters and security guards poverty wages and deny them full sick pay is abhorrent.
“Most cleaners and security guards out there are ethnic minority, black, brown and migrant workers who are disproportionately affected by poor working conditions and racial inequalities.
“We represent cleaners at the Department of Justice (MoJ) who have had to stop work during the pandemic because they were not provided with adequate PPE and were denied the full sick pay they eventually received for Covid-19 absences.
“One of our members who worked as a cleaner at MoJ tragically died an untimely and preventable death.
“That was the level of disrespect and abuse towards underpaid workers.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/crowd-gathers-outside-downing-street-27085476 Crowd gathers outside Downing Street to protest the treatment of cleaners during the party gate