Great Protest at H R Owen

United Voices of the World (UVW) trade union protested against Kensington luxury car dealers HR Owen and demanded they reinstate their two cleaners suspended without pay because they asked to be paid a the London living wage for cleaning the Ferrari / Maserati showrooms. Cleaners Angelica Valencia and Freddy Lopez were supported by the UVW, and other groups including Class War and the RCG. Around a hundred protesters marched from South Kensington station, protesting briefly outside the Lamborghini showrooms and office entrance to HR Owen, before marching down the Old Brompton Road for a lengthy and noisy protest with speeches, chanting, drumming and dancing outside the Ferrari showroom, blocking the road for around two hours. A row of security men from Templewood who employ the Ferrari cleaners stood outside the building. Both Templewood and HR Owen have denied responsibility for paying low wages and the UVW is pursuing legal claims for unlawful deductions from wages and breach of minimum wage legislation on behalf of the two cleaners."

 

See the pictures of the protest here on our facebook page.

Read more about it in this article in the Guardian.