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Low pay must check out of London hotels

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Issue 2366
Protest at the ‘Heartless Hilton’

Protest at the ‘Heartless Hilton’ (Pic: Julie Sherry)

Dozens of activists from the Unite union’s London hospitality workers’ branch protested outside the Hilton hotel in central London on Thursday of last week.

They chanted and brandished placards that read, “Heartless Hilton”. Unite is calling for workers to get the London Living Wage of £8.55 an hour.

Barbara Pokryszka is a Hilton worker who has faced victimisation for union organising. She told Socialist Worker, “The minimum wage is too low to live on in London.

“You feel this especially when you’re working very hard as a maid—we have to clean 17 rooms in just seven and a half hours, plus bathrooms—it’s a lot of work.

“People ask about the union, but they are scared. We need to fight together.”


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