The Our Work Matters is a collaborative joint union campaign led by members of trade unions who represent outsourced workers and supported by the TUC.
It was inspirational to meet so many outsourced workers and union members who are ready to take action in their workplaces at our event earlier this month. For those of you who were unable to make it, here’s what we covered:
If you missed the day, you can watch some of Flo Eshalomi MP's speech here. Whether you could make the day or not, please share your experiences of work with other outsourced workers.
We are the forgotten heroes who keep the country going.
We clean hospital wards, trains and offices. We keep nurses and doctors safe and secure so that they can deliver life-saving medical care to NHS patients. We prepare and serve high-quality meals to school-children and elderly care home residents.
But our jobs have been outsourced. This means that we are not employed by the hospitals, schools, government departments and train stations that we work in. Instead, we’re employed by facilities management companies.
And we are treated like second class citizens. We are undervalued, under-appreciated and underpaid.
Many of us are employed on insecure zero-hours contracts. We are not paid enough to cope with the cost-of-living crisis. And we do not have access to fair sick pay schemes when we are ill.
During the pandemic, politicians clapped us for risking our lives whilst others stayed at home. But since then, those same politicians have pretended we don’t exist. And claps don’t pay the bills.
But we’ve had enough. Outsourced workers from different workplaces and employers up and down the country are coming together to demand better. We deserve fair pay, a secure contract and dignity at work. We deserve to be able to provide a decent standard of living for our families.
That’s why we’ve launched the Our Work Matters campaign.
And we’re winning. By taking action in our trade unions, outsourced workers up and down the country are winning better pay and better treatment at work. From caterers at a government department who won a 12% pay rise, to hospital laundry workers who won a 17% pay rise and a transfer to NHS working conditions.
So join the campaign for justice for outsourced facilities workers, because Our Work Matters.
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