Cleaning Supervisor Dismissed from Facebook

September 16th 2021

Guillermo Camacho has been dismissed from Facebook


Protest: Friday September 17th



Today, cleaning supervisor Guillermo Camacho was dismissed from his job at Facebook.

It had been coming for a long time. Ever since Guillermo helped organise a protest at Facebook's Brock Street offices against the cleaners' impossible workloads.

Guillermo's employer, Churchill Cleaning, and Facebook's facilities management company JLL have worked together to get rid of Guillermo through a so-called third party pressure dismissal. JLL exercised its contractual right to require the removal of anybody it doesn't like from the property it manages, and Churchill failed to find Guillermo suitable alternative employment. It isn't the first time companies have collaborated in this way to get rid of an 'undesirable' employee, and it won't be the last.

How can an employee be dismissed this way?

If you're thinking it ought to be illegal then you'd be right — in theory. In practice it can be almost impossible to prove that Guillermo was dismissed because of his trade union activism rather than the poor work performance alleged by JLL.

CAIWU intends to take Guillermo's case to the employemnt tribunal, where we have a strong chance of winning. But even if we do, it won't get Guillermo his job back. Churchill and JLL probably wouldn't mind losing. They're counting on his dismissal frightening his colleagues into complying with their restructuring plans. But if that's the case, they're in for a shock.

The campaign continues, until the cleaners are given manageable workloads, and until Guillermo gets the justice he deserves.

Support the protests this Friday, September 17th.

4pm: 10 Brock Street, NW1 3FG

5pm: 1 Rathbone Square, W1T 1FB