From the United Voices Of The World Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/events/295822924157524/
The cleaners at HR Owen’s Ferrari and Maserati dealerships in South Kensingon have just voted 100% in favour of strike action.
Join this protest in solidarity with them in the build up to the start of their strike.
For the last 5 years the cleaners – originally from Ecuador – have been cleaning and polishing the Ferrari and Maserati dealerships in South Kensington run by H.R. Owen – Britain’s leading luxury motor dealer, and the world’s largest retailer in Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti.
Despite a turnover of around £400 million HR Owen chooses to outsource the cleaners to a company called Templewood where they are condemned, like millions of other workers, to the indignity and impoverishment of the minimum wage.
Furthermore, they have been for years systematically underpaid even the miserable wages they were owed which has led to legal proceedings being instigated against Templewood and HR Owen for unlawful deductions from wages and breach of minimum wage legislation.
Having finally decided enough was enough the cleaners joined UVW and asked for a wage increase from £7.50 per hour to the London Living Wage of £9.75 per hour. However, both Templewood and HR Owen have denied responsibility for setting the cleaners’ rate of pay. This is a common occurrence in the world of outsourcing where the Bermuda-like-triangle between the worker the client and the contractor swallows both employer’s responsibilities and workers’ rights.
Unwilling to entertain Templewood and HR Owen’s excuses or endure the indignity of the minimum wage for any longer the cleaners asked UVW to ballot them for strike action.
Following a 100% Yes vote a strike will commence in October.
Please also consider making a donation to their strike fund if you can – https://www.uvwunion.org.uk/hr-owen/