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UNI Property Services breaking through in cleaning & security
UNI Property Services is focusing on an ambitious plan to organise cleaners and security guards around the world.
At a recent meeting, leaders of UNI Property Services, the global union for cleaners, maintenance and private security workers, passed a strategic plan to organise workers and raise standards in cleaning and security - two industries that employ some of the world's most vulnerable workers in terms of pay and working hours - and to sign more Global Agreements with the biggest multinationals in the sector.
"We want jobs with justice and better standards for cleaning and security workers," said Head of UNI Property Services Alice Dale. "Global Agreements and Corporate Social Responsibility agreements are not enough. We have to go farther at multinationals and ensure all of their workers have union contracts. We have to organise."
UNI has already signed Global Agreements in the Property Services sector with G4S, ISS and Securitas. With these companies, UNI is focused on enforcing the agreement and organising the companies' workers around the world.
UNI Property Services also presented an award to Tunisian union leader Mongi Abderrahim for his tireless work during the revolution and after to build a new democracy and protect workers' rights. Trade unions were one of the key leaders of the revolution and have been instrumental in building a new democracy in the country.
Abderrahim spoke movingly about the fight in Tunisia and the continuing struggle to win rights for cleaners and security guards. He called for support for the struggle for democracy across the region.
"We will move forward," he said. "We won't give anyone the opportunity to stop our revolution."
UNI affiliates will travel to Tunisia in September to meet with local cleaners and guards to put a spotlight on their conditions.
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2nd June 2011