Union Team Members
Originally from Peru, Percy moved to London in 2007 and currently works as a cleaner at Kings College. In his previous workplace Percy successfully campaigned for the living wage, sick pay, dignity and respect. His courage has inspired many people at other workplaces to take the step from complaining to campaigning.
Originally from Ecuador, Victor came to London from Spain, where he had worked in various industries and was involved in setting up a foundation to help immigrants suffering exploitation at work. In 2016 Victor took a leading role in one of UVW’s biggest victories: striking for 58 consecutive days to win a Living Wage and the reinstatement of his colleagues at 100 Wood Street in the City of London. The discrimination and exploitation that Victor has witnessed in the UK has made him determined to fight to defend workers' rights and to create a better world for future generations.
Originally from the UK, Petros lived in Venezuela for 3 years where he became fluent in Spanish. On his return, he became involved with the Latin American community in London where he witnessed institutional work-place abuse among migrant workers. Petros dedicated himself to fighting injustice and founded United Voices of the World. He represents members at work and in court, co-ordinates campaigns and tirelessly ensures employers are held to account. He also co-directed the documentary Waging a Living in London. Currently Petros is training to become a lawyer.
Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Juliana has recently returned from Central America where she worked with a women's cooperative in a marginalised barrio in Guatemala City, and also in Chiapas, México, where she was a human rights defender working to support indigenous communities whose land was threatened by rich capitalists. Juliana believes that UVW's direct and uncompromising collective fight on behalf of Latin American workers in London is the best response to the bosses' exploitation of our labour.
Susana is originally from Ecuador but moved to Spain after the banking crisis of 1998. When the 2008 crisis hit Spain she moved once again, this time to London, where she worked as a cleaner at Topshop until she was sacked for campaigning for the Living Wage as a member of UVW. She is currently taking Topshop and Servest to court for trade union victimisation. Susana is a single mum of three children.
Daniel has been involved with UVW as a volunteer since 2015 and became treasurer in November 2016. He works full time for a major trade union and has a long standing interest in migrants’ rights and an academic background in Latin American history. He was inspired by how UVW has organised workers in sectors that have traditionally seen little union activity and believes that UVW show that the exploitation endemic to London’s service sector can be challenged by innovative and effective trade union organisation.
Working group coordinator
Originally from Germany, Vera moved to London in 2010 continuing to be involved as a political activist on many different fronts. Being passionate about uniting people to fight injustice Vera was instrumental in setting up UVW. She is, the co-ordinator of various working groups and campaigns. Vera is currently undertaking a PhD on unpaid labour at the University of Nottingham which is funded by the Rosa Luxemburg foundation.
Originally from Scotland, Keir moved to London in 2010 to study law at UCL, where he became involved in student activism, joining campaigns relating to university fees, workers rights', social housing and the environment. He continued his activism as Education and Campaigns Officer at UCL Students' Union in 2013/14. After graduating, Keir spent 15 months travelling from Colombia to Argentina by bicycle, during which time he learnt Spanish. On his return, Keir was impressed by UVW's effective and radical direct action and campaigning, and joined the team in April 2017.