If the last few years of this pandemic has shown us anything, it is that in times of crisis, key workers come together and work harder than ever before. Cleaners all across the country have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic (and before) to keep us safe in our businesses and our homes. Cleaners are vital to this country and have been for years. Yet, a lot of cleaning companies treat their cleaners without the respect they deserve. So, today, we’re looking at why paying a living wage to cleaners is vital. Why it actually makes really good sense for all cleaning businesses to pay their cleaners a fair wage for everyone involved.
The living wage for cleaners vs minimum wage
Some cleaning companies believe that paying minimum wage to their cleaners is absolutely fine. If they don’t like it, they shouldn’t be a cleaner. After all, cleaning is a low paying job because it is easy and anyone can do it, right? Well, certainly many of us clean our own homes, but it takes a special person to clean businesses and other people’s homes all day long and then come home and clean theirs too! The fact is, cleaning is a service; it is an important and hard service. If cleaners hadn’t have been risking their own health throughout the pandemic, things could have been a lot worse for the UK in terms of death rates from covid-19.