A Letter to The Guardian

Jane Jefferson CleaningGeneral

Frustrated with the lack of debate and awareness around Domestic Cleaning and protecting workers in this low paid sector of work, we wrote to the Guardian on 24th October 2015 in response to their Article Today’s Domestic Cleaners Have Clients Not Masters.[/cs_text]


With regard to Aisha Gani’s report (Whitehall cleaners gather outside HMRC to campaign for living wage, 17 October) and Polly Toynbee’s article (Low pay is breaking Britain’s public finances: the evidence can’t be denied, 23 October), the Living Wage campaign is doing a good job to raise wages for the low-paid. However, it does nothing to address the army of domestic help with no job security, no benefits, no pay rises and no legal redress.

The casual acceptance of black-market domestic help – often by people who champion ethical causes, attack zero-hours contracts, and are conscious in their purchase of products but not services – is also preventing the development of more ethical business models.

It is time to address this paradox whereby ethical consumers are not ethical employers.

I am a sociology teacher and my wife runs a domestic cleaning business. As such we are astonished that JaneJeffersonCleaning.com is the only domestic cleaning company to be recognised by the Living Wage Foundation.

We hope this letter provokes further analysis of the structural constraints that prevent our society from being the just one that it should be.”
Dan and Jennifer O’Donnell