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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 July, 2005, 12:17 GMT 13:17 UK
Commons cleaners vote to strike
Houses of Parliament
Cleaners will strike next week
Cleaners at the Houses of Parliament have voted to strike in a row about pay and holidays.

Up to 170 members of the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU) will walk out for 24 hours next Wednesday.

The cleaners want a pay rise of 1.70 an hour from 5, as well as sick pay, better holidays and a company pension.

Jack Dromey, deputy general secretary of the TGWU, warned further strikes were planned, as well as other forms of industrial action.

Summer recess

He said: "The Parliamentary authorities have had every opportunity to act to end this scandal. The cleaners will wait no longer for justice."

A spokesman for the House of Commons authorities said: "This dispute is between the contractors and their staff.

"We have been working to see whether we can get some way towards achieving a mutually acceptable solution."

The strike will hit the House of Commons and the House of Lords a day before Parliament ends for the summer recess.

MPs and members of the Lords will have to walk past cleaners on picket lines.

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