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Cleaners in Hilton Doubletree Hotel

Marble Arch, London. Sat 1 Jun 2019


 The Hilton Doubletree Hotel is just off Portman St. The UVW walk into the foyer

 

 and I follow them

 They make a lot of noise

 and hotel staff try to stop the protest

 but are rather outnumbered

 

 Hotel staff start to push the protesters, though fairly gently

 

 But the walk around them

 and make clear they are not prepared to leave without talking to management about the non-payment of

 wages by the cleaning contractor

 Court action might eventually get a judgement to reclaim the pay - but would take a long time and even with

 a court judgement people often don't pay up. Direct action is a faster and more positive way to get results

 After stating their case the cleaners play loud music and dance in the foyer

 

 

 

 Petros goes to talk with one of the management and tells him what they are demanding.

 

 

 A few police arrive and talk with hotel staff

 and try to talk with Petros, who is busy stating the UVW case again, and saying the police should act to stop

 workers being cheated out of their pay. Dalia is owed several thousand pounds and needs it to live

 

 

 The dancing continues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Apparently someone from the company that employed Dalia is coming to talk, but has an hour's journey to get

 here. I don't have time to wait, but the UVW will.

 Some of the protesters show their placards and banners on the front steps of the hotel.

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