Saturday 2 May / 1 p.m. / John Lewis, 10 Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DS
The union-supported consumer campaign to help John Lewis cleaners win the Living Wage is coming to Cambridge!
Alberto Durango, general secretary of the Independent Workers of Great Britain union which organizes agency cleaners chiefly in London, hopes to be able to join this peaceful lobby of John Lewis customers. Our intention is to talk to customers on the street outside the store, raise awareness of the campaign, and seek new signatures to a petition which has already gained almost 150,000 signatures online. As the petition explains:
John Lewis brands itself as a company that is committed to treating its suppliers, customers and partners with fairness. But it has contracted out its cleaning services. Its cleaners receive less than the Living Wage and are not entitled to the bonus payments paid to directly employed staff.
The three parliamentary candidates whose platforms include support for the Living Wage – Julian Huppert (Liberal Democrats), Rupert Read (Green Party), and Daniel Zeichner (Labour Party) – have also been asked for their support. Dr Huppert and Mr Zeichner have so far said they hope to be able to come.
We'll meet at the corner of Downing Street and St Andrew's Street.