A COMPANY which has taken over cleaning contracts for 20 Kirklees schools has promised to work with unions to solve a row with workers.
Jarvis Facilities Management says it has complied with all transfer regulations and will continue to work with trade unions until problems are solved.
Public sector unions GMB and Unison are in dispute because Jarvis wants cleaners to accept 48-week contracts.
Unions say this means they will go unpaid for four weeks of the year.
A Jarvis spokesman said: "Jarvis would like to respond to some of the comments made regarding the cleaning contract at Kirklees schools.
"Jarvis FM took over the cleaning contract from the previous contractor, OCS, in October.
"We inherited some working conditions that are a cause of concern to some of the employees transferred to us. We have had meetings with the union to discuss the issues raised." he added.
These culminated in a meeting at which issues were discussed concerning the contract in terms of the number of weeks worked.
"We stress that Jarvis FM has complied with all industry regulations on transfer and agreed with the union to investigate further the structure of the cleaning process.
"Once that investigation has been completed, Jarvis FM has agreed to meet employee representatives to discuss its findings.
"We do not recognise the claims made that we are in dispute with the unions. Relations are good and we understand there is some surprise among the senior union team at the allegations.
"We are achieving high- quality results in our contracts and acknowledge that we can only achieve that through our staff. We will continue to work both with them and their union representatives to ensure that all issues are dealt with quickly and sensitively. `'