On Wednesday 5th March Baroness Onora O'Neill, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), attended a meeting where we discussed the ongoing work of the EHRC, including an inquiry into the cleaning industry. The EHRC is seeking contributions from cleaners and housekeepers on their experiences of working in this sector. Many constituents from Camberwell and Peckham are cleaners and their views should be heard. That is why I wrote a letter to Southwark News and the South London Press, encouraging people in Southwark to come forward and share their thoughts.
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Businesses and services in London couldn’t operate without the army of hardworking cleaners who, often in the small hours and usually for low pay, make sure our offices, hospitals, schools, cinemas and leisure centres are clean and safe for the people who use them.
Many of London's cleaners live in Camberwell and Peckham. Many keep the House of Commons – and my office – sparkling clean.
Some who work as cleaners have asked for my help when they have been unfairly treated. I strongly believe those who work in cleaning deserve dignity and respect in the workplace.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is holding an inquiry into the cleaning industry and wants to hear the views of cleaners about how they are treated at work. If you work in cleaning and want to share your experiences then please email firstname.lastname@example.org. And send me a copy at email@example.com.
I hope that cleaners from Camberwell and Peckham make their views about working in the cleaning industry heard, to help ensure all cleaners are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
Harriet Harman Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham