PUBLISHED: 11:12 21 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:29 21 February 2019 Lucas Cumiskey Susana Benavides and Petros Elia celebrate the United Voices of the World unions' victory against Britannia. Picture: UVW union Archant A Finsbury Park mother fired from her subcontracted cleaning job at Topshop for protesting “poverty wages” has proved she was dismissed unfairly at an employment tribunal – and could now get up to £75,000 in compensation. Susana Benavides, 43, who lives off Seven Sisters Road with her three children, was fired by Britannia Services Group Ltd on the grounds of gross misconduct after she led a United Voices of the World protest calling for a Living Wage for workers outside the flagship Oxford Street store in 2016. The court heard how her former boss, a Mr Shaw, was “irked and annoyed” by the protest, asking for parity between agency and in-house staff, and that he went as far as saying she should be … [Read more...] about Finsbury Park mum who was fired unfairly for protesting low Topshop pay now in line for £75,000 compensation
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A CLEANER sacked for leading a pay protest at Sir Philip Green’s flagship Topshop branch has won a compensation payout of up to £75,000. Susana Benavides, 43, was one of 200 workers who waved placards in front of the Oxford Street branch to demonstrate against low pay for agency cleaners. She said she was on only £6.75 an hour at the time and just wanted “a few pounds more” to take her and her colleagues to the London Living Wage, a tribunal heard. The protest, in March 2016, resulted in the store having to close its doors for 15 minutes. Susana was later sacked, with her “thoroughly irked” bosses at Britannia Services Group Ltd accusing her of using social media to whip up support against Topshop. Ecuadorian Susana had been a cleaner at the branch since 2009 and was prominent in trade union activities. After her sacking, the mum of three, from Finsbury Park, North London, sued. LatestPONTINS CHAOS 18 injured after roof collapses at Pontins … [Read more...] about Cleaner sacked for leading a pay protest at Philip Green’s flagship Topshop store wins £75k payout
WITH Christmas just days away, unorganised men and women (but mostly men) have hit the shops to find the perfect present. So how much money are retailers are expecting to rake in this Super Saturday? What is Super Saturday? Super Saturday is expected to be the biggest day for retailers of the year as Brits hit the shops in preparation for Christmas. Shoppers are expected to buy up big for last minute gifts including cosmetics, perfume, clothing and footwear. Footfall on shopping streets is expected to be up by at least 20 per cent in comparison to average Saturdays during the year. Jimmy New, director of marketing at VoucherCodes, said: "Super Saturday will be a big shopping day for both retailers and consumers alike as millions flock to stores looking to snap up last-minute gifts and other essentials before Christmas Day." How much money will be spent? In all, shoppers are expected to part ways with £1.65billion this Super Saturday, which falls three days before Christmas. Around … [Read more...] about What is Super Saturday, how much money will be spent and which UK cities are the busiest?