British government might be spending billions of pounds for the construction and development of some of the most state-of-art facilities for the upcoming Olympic Games, but a similar or even near to similar procedure has not been followed for cleaners at the Olympic Park. The campsite located in East London, hidden from public view, has 25 people sharing each toilet and 75 to each shower. Moreover, Olympic cleaners sleep in portable cabins, some of which have been leaking in the rain.
Hundreds have come from different countries to work at the Olympics despite promises that the jobs would go to Londoners. Many were horrified to find out on arrival that there was no work for them, and despite this, they were made to pay 18 pounds a day to the cleaning company that provided them accommodation in the overcrowded metal cabins.
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According to Andrea Murnoz, 21, a student from Madrid: ‘I couldn’t believe it when I saw the places people were sleeping… When I first saw the metal gates and the tall tower in the middle, it reminded me of a prison camp. It looks horrible.’ It is also important to mention here that cleaners at the camp have signed gagging orders that prevents them from either talking to the press or having their friends and family visit the site due to security reasons.
However, the officials and organizations running the camp seem completely satisfied with the arrangement. Craig Lovett, of Spotless International Services which runs the camp, said that the number of toilets and showers per person exceeded requirements for temporary accommodation.
Moreover, the camps have also been provided with internet, medical and entertainment facilities on-site. He said that there has been a pain due to unexpected rains but the company is tirelessly working to resolve matters.