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Foreign Office cleaners "punished" for raising pay issue

Published 18/10/2015

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond faces calls to intervene to stop the disciplinary process. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond faces calls to intervene to stop the disciplinary process. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Cleaners who wrote to the Foreign Secretary seeking a meeting to discuss the Living Wage have been made redundant or face disciplinary action, it has been claimed.

A group of 14 cleaners employed by contractors Interserve say they have been "punished" for raising the issue of pay at the Foreign Office.

They claim three have been made redundant and others have been accused of "bringing the contract into disrepute".

Rev Rosemia Brown, a community leader with campaign group Citizens UK, said: "We are calling on Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to intervene, to stop the disciplinary process and ensure no-one in the FCO feels intimidated for signing a letter.

"These cleaners need the London Living Wage and they have the right to let him know."

The cleaners will deliver a letter to the Foreign Office about the case today.

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