UK: Cleaner fired after living wage protest at Topshop wins payout

Author: Tristan Kirk, Evening Standard, Published on: 21 February 2019

"Cleaner at flagship Topshop branch wins £75k payout after being fired over low wage protest", 20 February 2019

Topshop cleaner sacked after ­leading a “poverty pay” protest at Sir Philip Green’s flagship store in Oxford Street has won up to £75,000 in ­compensation.

Susana Benavides, 43, was among 200 demonstrators... demanding a pay rise for agency cleaners... [to] the London Living Wage.

...after the March 2016 protest... Mrs Benavides was sacked by her... bosses at Britannia Services Group Ltd. The agency claimed the dismissal was ­justified as she had used social media to whip up support against its client, Topshop. 

Judge David Pearl told Central ­London Employment Tribunal: “No reasonable employer would have been acting ­reasonably in dismissing Mrs Benavides in the circumstances..."

The tribunal heard Mrs Benavides... was a shop steward for United Voices of the World, a union which represents mostly low-paid migrant workers...

Britannia said it intends to appeal against the ruling. Topshop or Sir Philip were not parties to the case...

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Related companies: Topshop (part of Arcadia)