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Cleaners fed up with intimidation

21 November 2007 - A delegation of twenty cleaners and their allies today made a surprise visit to the Schiphol Group to ask their support for their fight for ten euro per hour and a respectful treatment by the cleaning companies. Cleaners complain about intimidation by their employers.

Mala Koenti Jhinnoe, who has been working for Asito at Schiphol for 12.5 years: “The intimidation of cleaners by Asito management must stop. We have the right to organise and to fight for a better future”.

According to union organiser Herrie Hoogenboom, Mala Koenti Jhinnoe is not an exception. Active union members are assigned to hard and dirty work and are threatened with suspensions. He says that the work load is so heavy that cleaners are bound to make little mistakes that can be used against them.

The union asks sympathisers to text ‘Go Mala’ to +31 6 22528666 to express their support.

Last Saturday, cleaners started a campaign for better pay and more respect. This week, they are visiting clients of cleaning companies to ask their support. Besides the Schiphol Group, bank headquarters at the Zuidas have been visited, as well as companies, government institutions and a university in the Hague, Utrecht and Maastricht.

A Schiphol Group spokesperson said she understood why the cleaners are campaigning. The company will decide by next Tuesday whether to endorse the campaign.

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