King's are considering the decision to bring cleaners in house
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Earlier this month, King's management held a meeting to consider the option of bringing cleaners in-house. The King's campaign, Justice for Cleaners, has been hard at work for three years organising a series of protests in support of the cleaners. The group is made up of students, cleaners and academics. J4C want cleaners and security are brought in-house (employed directly by the university) rather than outsourcing them from contractors. They will be given the same rights and benefits as other members of staff. According to KCL's Contracts and Performance Manager, Tristam Slater said that the principal has made a promise 'to look at options for providing our cleaning and security people with parity of their core terms and conditions with our employees.' The KCL J4C’s reaction to the meeting is optimistic. “We are positive about what we have heard about the meeting, where in-house was considered favourably,” announced the campaign’s spokesperson. “However, the decision will only be solidified on 26th September at College Council,” they added. Should an in-house verdict not happen, campaigners fear that the other option reviewed - the vehicle model - will be chosen instead. This alternative would not offer workers the same quality of employment conditions, according to the campaign. “The two options are in-house or a “vehicle model” that basically means creating a distinct company to manage the facilities services. This doesn’t offer parity, nor does it make the cleaners feel as though they belong to the wider community,” a spokesperson for the campaign told TNS. Kings’ cleaners are currently outsourced by leading UK facilities management company Servest.
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