Major corporations such as ING, ABN Amro and Reed Elsevier pride themselves on their corporate social responsibility (CSR), but at the same time, they economise on their cleaning contracts. As a result, cleaners are faced with increased work pressure and the quality of cleaning is affected. Cleaners are asking them to take responsibility for conditions in the cleaning sector.
On Saturday, trade union FNV Bondgenoten organised the first Cleaners’ Parliament in Amsterdam. The cleaners elected a new chairman. Politicians and community organisations pledged their support to the cleaners’ campaign for decent wages and training and against work pressure and intimidation.
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