Guardian coverage of the cleaners inspirational fight for the living wage at HR Owen’s Ferrari and Maserati dealerships and their disgraceful and unlawful suspensions for having joined a union, and voted to strike for a living wage.
“…Although the work is arduous and has left them struggling with health problems, they enjoyed their jobs and went home each night proud of the sparkling showroom. But when they turned up for work last Thursday they were met by their bosses – who they had never previously met – ordered to hand over their showroom keys and were suspended without pay.
The suspension came two days after they voted to walk out on strike after their employer refused requests for an increase to their £7.50-an-hour minimum wage.
“We did not have a single complaint in five years,” Valencia Bolanos, 49, said. “Now, when we join a union, and ask for a fair amount of money – enough to live in this expensive city – they want us out….”
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