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British Cleaning Council reacts to Hilton Hotel cleaner protest
The British Cleaning Council has responded to a protest outside London's Hilton Hotel, as over 1,000 cleaners appealed to the hotel chain to start paying the living wage amidst allegations that the hotel pays staff £3-a-room wages.
Mark Woodhead, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council, comments: "The cleaning industry is a labour intensive sector and we understand that there is pressure on all costs, including wage costs, in the current environment. Nevertheless, there is a business case for paying the London Living Wage, built around improved staff loyalty and retention and we hope that the Hilton Hotel will give the London Living Wage serious consideration."
The cleaners are being supported by London Citizens, the group which founded the living wage campaign in 2001. The cleaners joined London Citizens to demonstrate outside the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane on May 16th, as the hotel hosted a conference to address the issues of women's leadership and career advancement. The London Assembly sets the living wage, which is currently at £8.30 an hour.
Early bird tickets for the BCC Conference 2012, priced at just £99 plus VAT, are available until the end of May from the British Cleaning Council's website:
24th May 2012