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Victory for sacked cleaner - but the battle goes on

Issue No. 2173

Juan Carlos Piedra and his supporters were celebrating last week after the sacked cleaner returned to work at the Harbour Exchange building in London.

The O&G company dismissed him from his job at University College London (UCL) last month in what many people saw as victimisation for his trade union activities.

After a powerful campaign in his support, O&G offered him a job working 40-hours a week at Harbour Exchange, where he was originally employed. It then told Juan Carlos he would be transferred to another company as it had lost the contract at this building.

He accepted this job, but with the support of the Unite union and others, he is continuing the fight to win reinstatement at UCL and compensation for his loss of earning while he was without a job.

Juan Carlos is one of the speakers at the Hands Off My Workmate conference this Saturday in central London.

Hands off my workmate: organising for migrant workers’ rights, 10am, Saturday 17 October, Soas, Thornhaugh St, London WC1H 0XG. To book a free place email

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Tue 13 Oct 2009, 18:11 BST
Issue No. 2173
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