Cleaners employed by the University of Sheffield are calling on the university’s management to deliver an hourly wage of £10 an hour.

Unite representatives have handed over a pledge to senior management. The pledge from the cleaners is a clear commitment that they are prepared to ‘take action for better pay and conditions’.

Most cleaners work a 20 hour week, which means it would take them almost 30 years to earn vice chancellor Koen Lambert’s annual £285,000 salary. The workers’ currently earn just £9.52 an hour and most take home just £9,900 a year. The University employs around 300 cleaners who are overwhelmingly women.

The campaign is being backed by local Labour MPs Paul Blomfield MP (Sheffield Central), Olivia Blake MP (Sheffield Hallam) and Louise Haigh MP (Sheffield Heeley).

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