Cleaners suspended from Topshop in response to living wage campaign
Apr 6, 2016 — Hi everyone,
I didn't think things could get worse but since updating you all yesterday about being bullied and victimised I have actually been suspended from work at Topshop.
So too has my colleague, Carolina, who is also my fellow trade union member and best friend. We haven't even been told what we're meant to have done. We haven't done anything wrong.
The bitter and twisted irony is that one of the people I complained about who was victimising me is still working there. Therefore Britannia are protecting the victimisers and suspending the victims.
Topshop knows about it and is letting it happen. They could and should easily intervene but they are choosing not to. So they must be encouraging trade union victimisation, or at least condone it.
I don't know what to say. I really feel under attack. I don't know if I can take this anymore but I will not give up. I will not let them treat me or my colleagues like the dirt we clean. We are not the dirt we clean. We are human beings with human rights.
Now this is no longer just a fight for a living wage; it's now also a fight to protect my, my colleagues and everyone's human rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association. An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
My union United Voices of the World (UVW) have started legal proceedings against Britannia and Topshop but the problem is they don't seem to mind that they are acting unlawfully.
My union have also called another protest for 16th April. Please come if you can. https://www.facebook.com/events/217272261973878/
There has been a great response to my update yesterday so thank you for that. Please keep up the pressure and continue to write to Topshop. It really makes a difference.
You can write on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Topshop
Or Tweet @Topshop using the hashtag #topshopvictimisation
You can also call the Arcadia Group's Communications team and ask them to re-instate me and my colleagues:
0207 927 1720
Thank you so much for your time and support.