This painting depicts a protest over working conditions, sick pay and the living wage organised by a member-led union for low-paid, mainly immigrant workers in London. The Union is called United Voices of the World. Many of these workers face abuse on a daily basis, as well as extremely low pay, withheld pay, and extremely poor sick pay arrangements. Many of the members are cleaners and they often use the slogan; "We are not the dirt we clean" on their leaflets. I painted this picture to try just a little bit to help get their voices heard, as I believe the way they're treated by their employers is a disgrace. 50% of my earnings from the sale (i.e. after gallery commission is taken off) will go to the union to help fund their efforts to defend these important, valiant workers against exploitation.
Oil paint, hand-stretched canvas, oleoresin medium
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