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LIVING WAGE More than 150 domestics and hostesses employed by private contractor Aramark, working across the Maudsley, Lambeth, Bethlem and Ladywell sites of South London and Maudsley Trust will be balloted by the GMB trade union in an ongoing dispute for a ‘genuine’ living wage of £10p/h, sick pay and shift allowances.

Aramark, a $13billion, American- owned multinational outsourcing provider, pays many of its staff on the SLAM contract as little as £7.30p/h for providing frontline services to mental health patients.

Nadine Houghton, GMB Regional Organiser said: "It's unfortunate that we have been forced to ask our members whether or not they are prepared to strike but we have consistently told Aramark that our members provide a frontline service


MANCHESTER IN APRIL For the past four decades, Floorbrite has built a reputation as the north’s largest contract cleaning and facilities management company and has recently confirmed its stand at the Manchester Cleaning Show.

The family-run firm, which was set up in 1972 by the late Martin Wyers, now employs more than 1,200 people across the north of England and provides cleaning and facilities management for nationally recognised names such as Aldi, JD Sports, and Manchester’s very own The Lowry.

Based in Sale, and with an office in Yorkshire, Floorbrite is proud of its northern roots, particularly the

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opportunities that the bustling city of Manchester has provided for business development and growth.

Nik Wyers, Joint Managing Director, said: “Manchester is an exciting, growing, and thriving hub of business opportunities and we’ve always found the strong business links we’ve formed in the city have served us well.

in a mental health trust within London and as such they deserve to be paid a genuine living wage of £10p/h, full sick pay and proper shift allowances.

“Our members are working around many vulnerable individuals, sometimes they are verbally and even physically attacked and yet many of them are unable to take sick leave as they are not paid for this, some of them also receive no extra pay for working weekends and bank holidays. They have rejected the offer that Aramark made to them as it went nowhere near satisfying the members demands.

"The campaign for a genuine living wage is an essential one. George

Osborne is attempting to rewrite the rules on the living wage, claiming that £7.20p/h will be a living wage come April. This is smoke and mirrors. It will now be down to working people to make their case for a genuine living wage, which the GMB calculates to be at least £10p/h in London."

The GMB, the trade union for health workers, is also carrying out demonstrations outside two of the sites as part of the campaign. The first demonstration took place on February 2nd at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, while the second took place on February 9th at Maudsley Hospital in Camberwell.

“Over the years we’ve grown to become the biggest cleaning and facilities contractor in the north of England, so we’re really excited for the Cleaning Show to come to our home city.

“The cleaning and facilities industries can work together to provide clients and customers with an even better service, and meeting likeminded businesses at the Cleaning Show will be a real highlight for us.

“We’re sure everybody will be impressed with the facilities and the friendly disposition of people in Manchester so the stereotype of it being ‘grim up north’ will be quashed in no time!”

Floorbrite will be on stand F05 close to other notable industry names, Vax, Bonasystems and Greyland.

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