House Of Loos

By Rob Last edited 154 months ago
House Of Loos
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As you've probably already seen the cleaners of the Houses of Parliament staged their first strike today.

About 170 cleaners turned up for the strike in protest at (among other things) their £5 an hour pay, lack of sick pay or pension, and the measly 12 days a year leave.

But the real 'dirt' (sorry) was dished over at The Times where the cleaners spilled the beans on the filthiest jobs in the corridors of power:

Their least favourite task, they agreed, was cleaning the lavatories in the House of Lords.

'Some days they are really nasty,' said Evrard Ouala, 27, from North London, who works a 60-hour week to earn £470. 'Especially with the older people who are there in the Lords,' chimed in Nestor Barona, 23, from South London.

Nice huh? And it gets worse:

The men also complained that the room in which they took their meals, nicknamed “the dungeon” by cleaners, was a rat-infested basement with no ventilation.

Tony Blair was challenged about the issue during Prime Minster's Question Time but refused to intervene, saying: “Ultimately, this is a matter for the House authorities. The dispute is a commercial matter but I understand that the House authorities are continuing to work with the contractors to seek a satisfactory outcome for everybody concerned.”

We can only wonder how quickly he'd intervene if he was made to clean up geriatric Lords' faeces?

Last Updated 21 July 2005