EVERYONE HAS A VALUE
I am Nikki Booth and I hold the position of the northern region RMPFS cleaners CWU representative/ I am also a CWU trained mental health first aider (MHFA)
To be told your value is 0% is both exasperating and insulting!
I know all too well, that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a very significant toll on cleaning members and other members within the business, the stress and anxiety caused by having to come into work every day and not know what the situation is on that day/week had a massive impact on most of us, including myself.
I had severe anxiety at the thought of putting my own family at risk, I am not ashamed to say that I am currently on medication for anxiety. However, I am in a lot better place than I was, but some days I still have relapses. I began to understand and accept that it is ok to have good and bad days.
IT’S OK NOT TO BE OK
Almost every day during the pandemic and beyond, I received calls and messages, relaying constant fears and anxieties brought to the fore due to yet another ‘Covid-19 clean’ having to be done, the past two years have had a massive impact on colleague’s mental health. This impact was one of the fundamental reasons why I decided to become a mental health first aider, it helps me to be able to help others in turn.
The business must now recognise just what the cleaning membership went through and pay up accordingly. It is never acceptable to just ignore the last two years of constant hard work, harder than normal, more intense than usual, to then tell you that you will not get a pay rise and you are worth nothing extra or the sum-total of 0%, think about that for a second- zero percent!!
Our colleagues were NOT just cleaning workplaces they were CLEANSING workplaces, there is a huge difference.
We all have mental health and EVERYONE has a value.
I want to thank you for taking the time to read this and my main hope is that we can break the stigma surrounding that of mental health.
Let’s talk more, open up more, stand together more, and we will be more.