The Industrial Workers of the World Cleaners and Allied Grades Branch Secretary Alberto Durango has been sacked from his job at the Heron Tower in London by the contractor Incentive FM Group Ltd.
It is an act of victimisation of a leading union activist well known for campaigning to defend and improve the conditions of workers in the cleaning industry.
In August 2011 IWW secured a significant success on the London Living Wage for cleaners at Heron Tower and in defence of victimised staff. Since the then there have been those seeking revenge against Alberto and the IWW.
In November 2011, Alberto was suspended for using a service lift used daily by other staff. The same month, IWW negotiated an agreement with the cleaning contractor LCC that there would be no compulsory redundancies and any staff reductions would be by transfers to alternative posts. A new contractor has taken over at Heron Tower who have not recognised this agreement which continues under TUPE, Incentive have singled out Alberto for redundancy without any objective justification.
Cushman & Wakefield’s, the company which manages Heron Tower, also manages Exchange Tower where IWW has a campaign for the London Living Wage. This company had taken an aggressive stance against IWW and our members, preventing leaflets being distributed and threatening IWW members with investigations.
We call on all workers to show their solidarity with the Cleaners Branch Secretary and demand the immediate reinstatement if Alberto Durango and no compulsory redundancies.
For details of a demonstration in support of Alberto on Friday 10 February, see here.