Tag Archives: cleaners

hotel maids are still exploited.

16 Mar

london 5.12pm 10.2C cloudy wednesday 2016.

you would think the minimum wage will do away with such a thing with these cleaners of  hotel rooms, but it seems not. the hotels got round it, by hiring agencies, who put the workers on higher and higher work loads, increasing the number of rooms they need to clean, and if they dont finish the full numbers of rooms (30 rooms per person per day, giving only 28mins to do a room) they have to either clean it on their own time, or get reduced pay. they are supposed to be paid per  hour on the minimum wage, but they are not rated according to how many hours they clock on and off, but on the number of rooms. this is illegal, but no one dares to report them.

i think it is because so many do not speak english, even though they come from europe. that lack of english is the one that made them unable to find work elsewhere. once they learn english,or simply get worn out, they leave and the agencies dont mind that, they can handle the rapid  turnover as there are plenty of other suckers who will take over.

but i hope uk will leave the EU after the referendum, and so the easy supply of cheap labour will stop. it is the easy supply of these desperate workers who are driving the conditions down.

it will drive prices of the hotel rooms up, but these are high end hotel rooms, costing upwards of £300 a night, they can afford to raise their charges, or absorb the extra costs. it just means they dont make as much profit as they would, and i for one wont cry for them. haha.

if u dont speak the lingo u will be exploited and that is a fact of life. but if the uk limits the numbers of suckers coming in to do these kind of work, there wont be that many of them and the rooms will not have people to clean them. that would hit the hotels where it hurts. haha. so vote leave. those workers will thank you for it.

in a way it reminds me of the situation in medieval europe, after the plague decimated the population so there was not enough workers to work the farms, that forced the price of labour to go up.

it also reminds me of the topshop cleaners going on strike for the living wage. their cleaning jobs must be a real doddle compared to having to clean hotel rooms. cleaning offices must be real cushy… comparatively.

of course u could blurb out, if uk votes to leave the EU…  but that means we cannot even get in the uk to work here, nevermind the shit pay… !!

well, no one said life is fair. 

the thing to get out of this is to upgrade your skills. learn a skill, a trade, a profession. whatever it takes so that u dont compete on these low paid unskilled jobs that anyone can do. 

cleaning jobs

12 Mar

london 8.35am fog (white fog and not the can’t- see- the- hand type) saturday 2016

perhaps fog is quite common around this time of year, but it is still unusual for it to be commented on.this fog is the first time it appears this year.   i forgot that there is fog last year around this time too…i searched my blog and found that fog happened in nov 2015. (and no mention of fog any time else. has there been no foggy days at all before nov 2015 in london?) and today just reminded me of those days. i remember saying it gives a nice ghostly feel to the place.

this morning a article in vice, showed me topshop cleaners are demonstrating. they want the living wage £9.50 an hour, instead of the minimum wage £7.50 an hour (only if they are over 25yrs old)which they will be getting in april. at present they are getting about £6.70 an hour.

as usual demonstrating against top shop is pointless when it is their contracting company that they should be dealing with. the cleaning is subcontracted. and of course the company will go bankrupt if it gives them the living wage when all the other cleaning companies dont. and then they will all be out of a job. it is only osbourne bringing in the increased minimum wage in his budget that forces everyone to up their rates. it is a good thing, i think. though i bet it will mean the companies will be hiring more under 25s, and sacking them when they reach 25yrs old. so the 25s have better up their skills quick to show they are still worth retaining. 

allready businesses are saying there will be job loses when the new minimum wage is implemented in april. though i have a feeling cleaners will always be in demand.