Risk your life carrying out essential, frontline work during a deadly global pandemic... how does your employer reward you? Well, if you're a cleaner on London Underground... it's with a small badge.
There's widespread anger amongst ABM staff at what's seen as a slap in the face. Rather than meaningfully improving cleaners' conditions, bosses have distributed "Champion" badges to staff, in a move widely seen as an insult.
Let's remember, this is an employer that wouldn't even pay its staff full sick pay until it was forced to, and then tried to renege on the agreement. Even short of direct employment, ABM could improve cleaners' conditions by increasing pay, guaranteeing full occupational sick pay as a contractual right (not just a Covid emergency agreement), improving pension arrangements, and increasing staffing levels. Cleaners also need the same staff travel passes that directly-employed workers get.
Cleaners are tired of being treated as second-class citizens. It's time for in-house employment and full equality with LU staff!