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Food bank set up for Foreign Office cleaners

• The Guardian

A food bank collection has been set up outside the Foreign Office in London for cleaners, porters and maintenance staff who have begun a five-day strike in protest over low wages, union recognition and being left without pay for six weeks. Outsourced workers at the FCO have been left struggling to pay bills after Interserve, the agency that employs them, changed their payroll date, meaning they have not been paid since 28 April. They are on their third round of strike action related to the dispute. The FCO is the second government department where food banks have been set up for low-paid workers, after collection boxes were put in place last month at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for outsourced cleaners, security guards and other support staff there.

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