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
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...
Related companies: Topshop (part of Arcadia)