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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #309 - Unionism, Chambermaids: the Ibis Batignolles hotel, a stubborn thorn at the foot of Accor (de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 29 Oct 2020 09:31:03 +0200

Already fourteen months of struggle for the chambermaids at the Ibis Batignolles hotel. In addition to the strike, they are bringing a lawsuit for "racial and systemic discrimination", a legal concept which has gained recognition in the industrial tribunal. ---- Upon reopening, the 1 stof September, Ibis Batignolles, maids, partially, reiterated the claims brought for fourteen months of struggle. Rather than by the subcontractor STN who inflicts them hidden work and hellish rates (17 minutes per room), they demand to be hired directly by the Accor group. "We will not resume work until our demands have been heard," says Rachel Keke. How can you go back to work if you don't win ? It will be the same abuse and we will not accept it."
For Tiziri Kandi, of the CGT-HPE, the hotel industry is a laboratory of social dumping. Chambermaids are at the bottom of the qualification ladder, and subcontracting prevents them from any professional development. The only other accessible position is that of housekeeper (who supervises the work on an entire floor). Thus, in the event of an occupational disease, requalification is impossible, and those who are victims often end up being dismissed.

"We are treated like slaves. We don't have a say: if we speak up, the management tells us we just have to leave but they know we have no choice, explains Rachel. They know that we came to Europe in difficult conditions, that our rights are not known, and they take advantage of this to exploit us".

Red Photo Library / Martin Noda / Hans Lucas
For Tziri, "a whole system has been put in place, from the prefecture to employment.The prefecture keeps them in a precarious administrative situation: only annual residence permits, despite their CDI or their years of residence in France. And without a job, no more residence permit. This vulnerability facilitates their exploitation by companies which always assign them to the same tasks, according to a sexist and racist division of labor.

Fourteen months of struggle
"Morally, fourteen months is tiring," says Rachel. They are using the coronavirus to avoid confrontation. When will the Accor group respond to our demands?Since the cancellation of a negotiation on March 19, no other meeting has indeed been offered to the strikers. Accor and STN continue to ignore them or to make unacceptable proposals to them: a lunch basket for 2.5 euros and a can ! As for the time clock, it has fallen into disuse.

The request for requalification of the strikers was refused by the industrial tribunal but the CGT-HPE will appeal. Another complaint is underway, targeting Accor and STN for "racial and systemic discrimination", a notion that was first recognized by the Paris industrial tribunal in December 2019, in a lawsuit against a construction company.

Until recently, the strikers took action with the Rosies, a feminist group. "We have support," says Rachel, "but we always need more."

Akina (Montreuil)

Strike fund on Papayoux-solidarite.com

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