Cleaners at HR Owen Ferrari and Maserati suspended without pay after vote to strike for living wage
Sep 28, 2017 — The cleaners from Ecuador who have, for the past 5 years, scrubbed and shined the Ferrari and Maserati's showrooms in South Kensington – which are run by HR Owen, Britain's largest luxury car dealership – have just been suspended without pay just days after returning a 100% yes vote for official strike action, authorised by their union UVW, for the London Living Wage of £9.75 per hour.
There could not be a clearer case of trade union victimisation and UVW will immediately initiate legal proceedings against both the cleaning contractor Templewood Cleaning and HR Owen.
Just like the victimised and sacked reps at The Ritzy cinema in Brixton this is an attack on all workers out there - especially low paid migrant workers - who are unionising, organising and fighting back against miserly and unscrupulous employers.
Therefore, we ask that you support the cleaners by doing one or al of the following:
1) write to HR Owen / Templewood to express your condemnation of this act of victmisation and call on them to reinstate the cleaners and pay them a living wage -
2) share and support this demo at Ferrari and Maserati's showrooms in South Kensington on Saturday 30th September at 2pm - https://www.facebook.com/events/295822924157524
3) watch and share this video of the cleaners filmed and published before their suspension describing why they are fighting for the living wage
4) donate to their strike fund - https://www.uvwunion.org.uk/hr-owen/
NB: the ostensible grounds for their suspension are that they have allegedly failed to work the full number of hours they were contracted to. The perversity and bitter irony of this allegation is that not only are the cleaners on zero hour contracts and recently had their hours slashed in a unnecessary cost saving drive, but that the issue of fixed working hours has never been raised once in the course of their 5 year employment nor have there been any complaints in respect of the cleanlinesses of the showrooms. Plus, last month they submitted a grievance and started legal proceedings in response to years of having had their wages unlawfully withheld – a fact substantiated by the payroll records of Templewood Cleaning.
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