ABM have written to cleaners informing them that, following an agreement with TfL, any cleaner who self-isolates during the Covid-19 crisis will be paid at their full shift rate. Previously, cleaners were only being paid Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), less than £100 per week.
This is a major concession, and one that would not have been secured without union pressure - specifically from the RMT, the only union on the job to organise cleaners and other outsourced workers.
RMT, hopefully with the support of other unions, must now keep that pressure up to ensure any cleaner who develops Covid-19 symptoms beyond an initial period of self-isolation continues to receive full pay, and that the policy is made permanent once the crisis is over. SSP is simply not enough to live on, and no worker should have to choose between their health and putting food on the table.