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Cleaners ready to take on multinationals

17 November 2007 - Hundreds of cleaners met at Schiphol this afternoon to kick off a campaign for ten euro per hour and a respectful treatment by their employers. The cleaners also call on clients of cleaning companies to support them.

“The problems we are facing are partly caused by the cleaning companies, but the clients are responsible too. [...] Therefore we call on all clients to support us. They can ask cleaning companies to sign the new collective agreement”, cleaner Dina Govers from the Hague said.

Cleaners from Maastricht said that cleaning company CSU, which recently received a ‘best employer’ award, in fact treats its employees far from good, paying one immigrant worker even as little as seven euro per hour, which is illegal.

The low pay of the cleaners contrasts with the riches of the CEOs of cleaning companies. Three of them are on the Quote 500 list of richest people in the Netherlands, Zwarte Piet announced at this afternoon’s meeting.

Chairwoman Agnes Jongerius of the Netherlands Trade Union Confederation (FNV) said that it will be difficult to take on multinational corporations that will do anything to cut costs at the expense of the cleaners. “It is an unequal fight, but it is a fight that we can win”.

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