Defend Juan Carlos Piedra!

Submitted by Newcastle on 24 September, 2009 - 8:50

Another migrant worker-militant has been forced out of their job at a cleaning company.

This time it is Juan Carlos Piedra, a Unite member who worked for O&G, the company which has the contract for cleaning at University College London. Aside from workplace activism, he is a leading organiser in the Movement of Ecuadorians in the UK.

Juan Carlos had actually been transferred to UCL after a disciplinary at another O&G site. Before working for the company, he had been victimised by Mitie, another contractor, as part of the Willis dispute last year.

He was told that his work was no problem; the only problem was his attitude, i.e. his union activity. Two days after being transferred to UCL he was called into a meeting and told that he had been seen at SOAS protesting against the immigration raid and at union protests. Then he was told “there is no job for you here” and was made redundant.

A protest called to demand reinstatement on Monday 21 September was well attended. Come to the next one at on 1 October at the UCL Main Quad (off Gower St, London WC1E 6BT)

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