Facebook entrepreneur charged with firing office cleaner following protests | Meta
Facebook owner Meta has come under fire after one of his contractors was accused of firing a union leader in retaliation for leading protests against poor working conditions and excessive workloads for his workers. London-based cleaners.
Guillermo Camacho had worked as a contract cleaner for the company for nearly seven years until he staged the protests outside Facebook’s Brock Street offices in the summer of 2021. He was suspended from his job for a few months later and fired in October for inadequate performance.
Camacho, who was the cleaners’ representative for the Cleaners & Allied Independent Workers Union, only managed to organize two protests before he was suspended and put on “gardening leave”. Meta’s housekeepers are not directly employed by the company: it has a contract with office management company JLL, which in turn contracts Churchill Services Group, Camacho’s direct employer.
In September 2021, Camacho was told an investigation was closed and no further action would be taken, but he remained banned from Meta and JLL’s site and was fired a month later. On September 7, an employment tribunal will hear his complaint against Churchill for unfair dismissal.
Alberto Durango, the general secretary of CAIWU, said: “Guillermo’s treatment is all too familiar to us. This is a blatant and classic tactic to intimidate other workers by setting the brutal example of a union leader. Our members who still work in the Meta offices tell us that they continue to live under the cloud of Guillermo’s firing and the implicit threat that they too could be fired for speaking out.
Amnesty International supported Camacho’s case by issuing a report calling on Meta to respect its workers’ right to speak out and to compensate Camacho.
Amnesty said Camacho staged protests against poor working conditions at Meta’s Brock Street offices. The protests were motivated by a reduction in the number of cleaners, which resulted in an excessive workload for the remaining workers in Meta’s offices, having a physical and psychological impact on them. In mid-2021, the number of cleaners at the Meta London site was reduced from 24 to 20. Simultaneously, the size of the area to be cleaned was reduced from five floors to 14.
“It’s a David and Goliath story where a huge global giant of a corporation has simply washed its hands of any responsibility to the people working on the front lines of its offices,” said campaign manager Catrinel Motoc. at Amnesty.
“We live in a society where too often workers who dare to speak out against workplace injustices find themselves in the crosshairs. Meta is very keen to distance himself from this unpleasant episode, but the buck stops with them. You can outsource a cleaning account, but not the responsibility for how cleaners are treated. »
A spokesperson for Meta said the company was unable to comment on lawsuits involving someone it does not employ. “The well-being of everyone working in our offices is of the utmost importance and we have ensured that all of our contractors continue to be paid throughout the pandemic, including when the offices were closed,” said said the spokesperson.
“Any Meta supplier must adhere to our corporate human rights policy, which includes our commitment to the internationally recognized charters of the UN and the International Labor Organization. Suppliers must also ensure that anyone under contract receives a minimum of London’s living wage and that our contracts are adequately resourced.
A JLL spokesperson said: “We follow a rigorous vendor and supplier due diligence process and are committed to ensuring ethical behavior and regulatory compliance in each market they serve, as set out in our Code of Conduct. business ethics and our supplier code of conduct. We respect the rights of unions and employees to protest and have never asked Churchill Services to dismiss a staff member because of union activities.