The United Voices of the World Union (UVW) are reporting that a Topshop cleaner has been sacked in advance of national protests demanding the company pay their cleaners a real living wage.
According to UVW:
“Carolina (see picture), one of the “Topshop Two”, who is a single mother from Ecuador, has just been SACKED by Topshop’s union busting contractor Britannia Services Group. Her only crime was to join a union and protest her poverty wages.
In other words as Philip Green buys another £100 million yacht, one of his cleaners is sacked for asking for a living wage of £9.40 per hour.
Carolina and her colleague Susana, who together make up the Topshop Two, were both previously suspended. Susana remains suspended.”
At least 17 towns and cities in the UK and Ireland will hold demonstrations against Topshop this Saturday (14th May 16) as part of a long-running and militant campaign against the poverty wages and appalling conditions suffered by their cleaners. In London protesters will head to their flagship store at Oxford Circus where despite the cost of living in the capital cleaners are paid little more than the minimum wage. Topshop are owned by vile tax-avoiding billionaire Philip Green.
Astonishingly Top Shop have tried to avoid responsibility for their cleaner’s pay by insisting it is nothing to do with them and they contract out the cleaning services. Cleaners at the company are technically employed by Britannia Services Group, a company run by David Shaw. Yet in 2010 Britannia lost an Employment Tribunal hearing after sacking a shop cleaner on the apparent insistence of Arcadia – Top Shop’s parent company. The cleaner had denied allegations by Arcadia that she had engaged in abusive behaviour whilst working at the company’s Outfit Clothing Store, but she was sacked anyway. The tribunal found that Britannia acted unreasonably due to not asking Arcadia to reconsider their position after receiving the cleaner’s denial of the allegations against her.
It appears that Arcadia don’t want to take responsibility for their cleaner’s grievances, but are quite happy to put pressure on their contractors to sack people when it suits them. Whether Arcadia have used similar pressure in the recent sacking is unknown. Whatever the truth, if Topshop won’t pay their cleaners properly than let’s make make Topshop pay some other way.
Join the protests on Saturday 14th May and let’s start holding vile parasites like Philip Green to account. In London meet outside Topshop in Oxford Circus from 5pm. Demonstrations are also due to be held outside the store’s branches in Liverpool, Dundee, Edinburgh, Dublin, Loughborough, Norwich, Belfast, Bristol, Sheffield, Nottingham, Taunton, Birmingham, Gloucester, Plymouth, Glasgow and Cambridge.
For all the latest details visit the facebook page for Saturday’s protest.
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