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Commercial Cleaners To “Force” Key Worker Recognition

Commercial cleaners to “force” key worker recognition

A London-based contract cleaning service is calling for their peers to "force" formal recognition of their staff as key workers.

Alexandra Diaz, Managing Director of Purgo Supply Services, has issued a letter to her staff, in recognition of their efforts throughout the pandemic. The letter also designates them as a keyworker, unless advised by the government that this is not the case.

The company are encouraging their colleagues to join their efforts, and to use their letter as a template.  Richard Felton, Corporate Development Director at Purgo said:

“We encourage our colleagues to follow suit and force some formal recognition. They have children and families too and may need to access assistance (school places etc) being made available to key workers as the crisis unfolds.”

Several voices in the cleaning sector have expressed similar views. The British Cleaning Council this week launched an appeal for key worker recognition, so parents working in the cleaning sector are eligible to apply for childcare provision from schools. 

 

“We encourage our colleagues to follow suit and force some formal recognition. They have children and families too and may need to access assistance (school places etc) being made available to key workers as the crisis unfolds.”

–Richard Felton

Corporate Development Director, Purgo

 

As stated on Gov.uk, if workers think they fall within the critical categories, they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service. 

However, until such status is formally recognised by the government, it will remain difficult for cleaners to access additional measures granted to other industries.

 

Purgo Supply Services’ letter 

 

The team at Purgo have supplied their letter template to ThisWeekinFM:

To whom it may concern,

COVID-19 – Key Worker Confirmation

This letter is to confirm that this person is has been designated as a “Key Worker” in relation to their employment with Purgo as in line with the Government guidelines as they are engaged in the supply of cleaning and hygiene services deemed to be critical, necessary and relevant to the education sector.

This letter should be accepted as proof of key worker status in combination with a valid photo identity pass or other identification issued by either Purgo or the respective government organisation such as a photo driving licence or passport.

Yours sincerely,

Alexandra Diaz

Managing Director

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A London-based contract cleaning service is calling for their peers to "force" formal recognition of their staff as key workers.

 

Article written by Ella Tansley

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