Night Cleaners Campaign

Scope and Content

The file contains material relating to a campaign to improve working conditions and pay for office cleaners, including papers for the Cleaners' Action Group; issues of 'The Cleaners' Voice'; circular addressed to cleaners 'Why join a Union?'; drawings of stick characters, explaining why night cleaners are so badly paid; poster announcing that the GLC had agreed a basic rate of £2.35 per hour for all cleaners employed on GLC sites; notes by Rowbotham, possibly taken at a meeting or meetings, plus a report in Rowbotham's writing on conditions of employment for cleaners entitled 'Report for the Workshop'; list of offices in London - [where cleaners were employed] - by district (3pp); sheets of flyers written by May Hobbs, asking union members to publicise the working conditions of women night cleaners; 'Join the Union', an information sheet recruiting union members; press cutting (source uncertain) highlighting the problems of women cleaners and reporting the first national conference of the Socialist Woman Group; open letter from the Cleaners' Action Group to employees working in Ministry of Defence establishments; letter from the Civil Service Union 8 Aug 1972, explaining the contract cleaners' strike in Ministry of Defence and Civil Service Department buildings; also articles on the industrial action of women cleaners from Socialist Worker and Spare Rib, minutes of meetings held; an article from 'The Morning Star', 11 Aug 1972 by May Hobbs, explaining in detail the background to the cleaners' strike at the Ministry of Defence.