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Union to protest outside London Elizabeth Hotel after outsourced worker lost £5,000 in earnings

A UNION representing low-paid cleaners is set to protest outside a central London hotel today after an outsourced worker at the site reported losing nearly £5,000 in earnings.

Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers Union (CAIWU) activists will gather outside the London Elizabeth Hotel from 2pm after Betty Ulloa — employed by contractor Pridegreen Limited — said she missed out on almost half of her furlough pay during Covid-19 lockdowns.

The worker, employed as a chambermaid at the site near Hyde Park since 2011, was furloughed along with her colleagues in 2020, but she received just 42 per cent of her salary, not the 80 per cent required, according to the union.

In February 2021 Ms Ulloa, supported by CAIWU, took her case to an employment tribunal and was awarded just under £5,000 in lost earnings, but the firm “still refuses to pay the monies owed,” the union charged.

General secretary Alberto Durango said: “This company and its owners are millionaires —  I call on the public to force this company to pay Betty’s debt.”

The hotel was contacted for comment.

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