News broke earlier in the month that London cleaners working at the Royal Opera House earn just £7 per hour and are banned from taking tea-breaks. Backed by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, they’ve announced strike action. This will take place from 10pm on Sunday 16th February, until 6am on Monday 17th February – the night of the BAFTA awards ceremony.
The Covent Garden cleaners are campaigning to be paid the London Living Wage of £8.80 per hour. Also against various cost-cutting measures that have abolished tea-breaks under threat of disciplinary action. The IWU pointed out that the ROH recorded an income of £109.8 million last year.back to news