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Royal Parks cleaners and playground attendants dispute

EDM (Early Day Motion) 476: tabled on 22 September 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 9 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House supports members of the Public and Commercial Services Union employed by Just Ask Estate Services Ltd at the Royal Parks in their dispute for employment equality and security; notes that the Royal Parks outsourced its public toilets and building cleaning contract to Just Ask Estate Services Ltd from Vinci Facilities in May 2021; is aware that 90 per cent of outsourced staff at the Royal Parks are black and migrant workers whilst 90 per cent of directly employed Royal Park staff are white; is alarmed that those outsourced key workers have worked throughout the covid-19 pandemic with no occupational sick pay, no ability to work from home and are now facing job losses and significant changes to their contracts; is further alarmed that the Royal Parks as the contracting authority has refused to intervene to resolve the dispute; further notes that Just Ask Estate Services Ltd have yet to set out their staffing plan despite giving unions a deadline of 9 September 2021 in which to meet and share the information; applauds the dedication and efforts of those key workers who have voted overwhelmingly to take further strike action during the month of October 2021; and calls on the management of the Royal Parks and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to urgently intervene in that dispute and to work with all parties to secure a fair and equal resolution of that dispute.