HR Owen dispute: luxury car dealership bosses sack cleaners for organising, cleaners refuse to back down

Last night, Freddy and Angelica, two cleaners who’ve been suspended from the job cleaning luxury car showrooms after voting to strike for a living wage, were summoned to a disciplinary hearing where “they were given a choice: promise not to strike at Ferrari and accept your poverty wage, or you can find work elsewhere.” They refused to back down, and have now been banned from the job where they’ve been working for years. In the words of the United Voices of the World union:

“Freddy and Angelica stood firm in the face of such vile and unlawful threats and rightly refused to relinquish their right to strike. Consequently, Templewood told HR Owen who promptly banned them from working at their showrooms again where Freddy and Angelica have dedicated the last 12 years of their lives between them without a single complaint.

This is a gross attack on the fight of low paid migrant workers for dignity and a living wage, and an attack on the right of all workers to organise and strike. Therefore we are going to respond hard and fast.

To that end this THURSDAY 2nd NOVEMBER we’re planning a series of lively, surprise demos at some of HR Owen’s showrooms and some of Templewood’s other client sites, to demand Freddy and Angelica’s reinstatement.”

To get involved, message the UVW on facebook, or on twitter if you do that, or if you don’t do either you can email them at

Other upcoming class-struggle events in the capital include the start of the next round of  strikes in the long-running Picturehouse living wage dispute, which will be marked by a big gathering at the Brixton Ritzy on Sunday 5th November, followed by strikes at 5 sites on the 6th, a demo in support of Daniel, another UVW member who’s been organising against homophobic abuse at work, on Monday 6th at the LSE, and outsourced workers at the University of London striking and holding a demonstration on Tuesday 21st.

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"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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1 Response to HR Owen dispute: luxury car dealership bosses sack cleaners for organising, cleaners refuse to back down

  1. Pingback: HR Owen dispute: bosses crumble completely, cleaners win their original demands! | Cautiously pessimistic

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