<m2m-eng> Cleaners in action
Jo van der Spek M2M
jo at xs4all.nl
Tue Mar 16 13:09:37 CET 2010
Thousands of cleaners working at Schiphol Airport, railway stations,
hospitals and offices are on strike for better wages and respectable working
conditions. The majority of cleaners are migrants. Cleaners are receiving
minimal wages and are object of intimidation by the bosses. Companies like
CSU, ASITO and HAGO are competing for contract with the railroads the
airport and banks by exploiting their workforce.
The picket against striking breakers at Amsterdam Central Station
That is why the cleaners are not only striking but also targetting the
contracting companies: they should be more to the cleaning companies, to
stop the degrading wages and working conditions.
One tactic is to target undocumented workers. Some have been forces to work
and were arrested by the Labour Inspection. Cleaning Company CSU has
demanded all cleaners to present their papers.This is an act of intimidation
and an attempt to create division among the cleaners. In response a goup of
anarchist activists blocked the CSU office in Amsterdam urging workers to
boycot the demand to show their papers.
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