- They sleep in portable cabins, some of which have been leaking in the rain, at the campsite in East London
- The bad weather has left the site flooded with stagnant water, forcing the cleaners to use abandoned crates as makeshift ‘stepping stones’
- ‘It is like a slum inside,’ says one worker from Hungary
Cleaners at the Olympic Park are being housed ten to a room at a huge temporary compound.
The campsite in East London, hidden from public view, has 25 people sharing each toilet and 75 to each shower.
They sleep in portable cabins, some of which have been leaking in the rain.
And the bad weather has left the site flooded with stagnant water, forcing them to use abandoned crates as makeshift ‘stepping stones’ to move around the site.
Hundreds have come from abroad to work at the Olympics despite promises that the jobs would go to Londoners.
On arrival, some were horrified to be told there was no work for two weeks. But despite this, they were made to pay the cleaning company £18 a day in ‘rent’ to sleep in the overcrowded metal cabins, which works out at more than £550 a month.
Others who had come to the UK desperate for the jobs turned back, describing the camp as ‘horrible’, with showers and toilets ‘filthy’ from over-use.
Andrea Murnoz, 21, a student from Madrid, said: ‘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.
‘I was thinking I would apply for a job, but I have changed my mind. My two friends signed up, but I think they are regretting it.’
Cleaners at the camp have signed gagging orders preventing them from talking to the Press and have been banned from having family and friends visit ‘for security reasons’.
One worker, from Hungary, said conditions were ‘very bad’ inside the camp but he had nowhere else to live. ‘It is like a slum inside,’ the 24-year-old said.
‘The toilets are dirty and the space is very little.’
Another, also from Hungary, said: ‘When we saw the camp, we were shocked. When we came to England we thought accommodation would be much nicer.