Islington Council has announced that it will not renew its current contract cleaning arrangement.
The council’s executive decided that when the Kier Islington contract ends on October 31st this year, it will not be renewed.
Instead, the local authority will bring the service in-house, which will mean that 150 commercial cleaning staff will receive a guaranteed minimum wage of £7.85 an hour.
The move was welcomed by Councillor Richard Greening, executive member for finance and Islington’s deputy leader, who said that the council is taking a small but important step to make sure staff who clean council buildings are paid properly.
“At present, many of our cleaning staff are temps – they do not have contracts with terms and conditions or the right to sick leave,” he said.
“Bringing the service back in-house means we have been able to redirect money spent on management and contractor’s profits to increase cleaners’ pay to the London Living Wage of £7.85 per hour.”
Around half of the cleaners currently used in various municipal buildings are provided by Kier Islington, while the other half are sourced from temporary staffing agencies.
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