Theory & Struggle

Roundtable discussion: Organising cleaners in the context of Covid-19

Theory & Struggle (2021), 122, (1), 156–163.

Abstract

People working as cleaners represent a substantial part of the modern British working class. Low-paid, often part-time, disproportionately female and, more recently, from black and minority ethnic and migrant communities, this workforce has historically been seen as hard to organise. Yet the Covid-19 crisis has elevated the status of cleaning as a key part of maintaining public health. In this article, trade union organisers with experience of working with cleaners discuss the possibilities of the current conjuncture for effecting a step change in both unionisation and the reconstruction of public services.

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Wakefield, Heather

O’Connor, Helen

Mayo, Marjorie

White, Jonathan