Cathal, Charlie, Debbie, Orlaith, Paulette, Sharon and Tracy are running the Lee Valley 5K on the 23 October to raise money for striking Royal Parks’ cleaners and playground attendants.
The outsourced workers employed by Just Ask Estate Services Ltd are campaigning to stop job cuts and to achieve equal sick pay, holiday and pension rights as their directly employed colleagues.
Approximately, 90% of cleaners and playground attendants are black or migrant workers. Conversely, almost 90% of in-house staff are white. Yet directly employed employees receive occupational sick pay, better than statutory minimum annual and maternity leave. The outsourced workers receive just the statutory minimum.
The low wage earners are striking for the whole of October in their fight for equality.
As “key workers” they have attended work throughout the pandemic to provide clean, green spaces for the health and wellbeing of Londoners and its tourists. This has been at great personal risk to themselves and their families. If they get sick, they must choose between continuing to work whilst sick or taking time off to recover and not being able to meet their bills and feed their families.
All monies raised will go towards providing financial support to Royal Parks’ cleaners’ campaign.
Like many Londoners, we are all first or second-generation migrants ourselves, and are fundraising so the Royal Parks cleaners can make their own history this Black History Month. Please support us and together we can end discrimination at the Royal Parks.