Paris Hotel Cleaners Claim Landmark Win After 22-Month ‘Battle For Dignity’

Paris Hotel Cleaners Claim Landmark Win After 22-Month ‘Battle For Dignity’

Cleaning staff at an Ibis hotel in Paris hailed a historic victory after an almost two-year-long battle to improve working conditions and pay.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • The nineteen women and one male colleague had gone on strike for eight months in July 2019, before they were placed on state benefits along with other hotel workers at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The cleaners obtained the right to work longer hours at a slower pace, take 30-minute breaks, and use a punch clock to ensure they receive overtime pay.
  • Union representatives said the deal would ensure monthly pay rises between 250 and 500 euros, with some staff moving to full-time work.

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