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CSSA defends cleaning industry’s record on the London living wage

As reported in FMJ’s sister publication Cleaning Hygiene Today yesterday, the Cleaning and Support Services Association (CSSA) has contributed an article to the comment section of the Guardian newspaper that calls on all stakeholders in the cleaning industry to work together to achieve a living wage for cleaners.

Outlining the CSSA’s long-standing commitment to supporting the living wage, Chief Executive Andrew Large cites his organisation’s strong relationship with Living Wage founders London Citizens and details the efforts made by the cleaning industry to support better pay and conditions for cleaners. Large states that all parties- client, contractor and employee- need to work together to deliver the value and benefits of higher wages over time for the policy to be financially sustainable.

Responding to criticism that the cleaning industry has been making slow progress on the issue of pay for workers, Large cites progress made by the 100 businesses in London that have been accredited as living wage employers in the past 10 years. Large’s article also reacts to claims of widespread illegal practice within the industry, and restates the CSSA’s position that adherence to employment law as an absolute minimum requirement for all its members.

The Living Wage trend is growing however, as reported recently by FMJ…

Balfour Beatty Living Places and Haringey Council recently agreed a contract, which will guarantee that all staff cleaning the council’s buildings earn the London Living Wage, while also delivering greater value for money.

The council awarded the

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