We fought for wages and overtime at cleaning company!

Together with one of our members, we successfully reclaimed outstanding wages and overtime after a termination. Our member worked as a cleaner in a hotel and had been terminated after she accumulated overtime due to too tight time constraints and wanted to be paid for it.

As a rule, overtime must be paid or celebrated off, unless something else is written down in the employment contract – and even if it is in the contract, unpaid overtime may be illegal. Because our member does not speak German, it is reasonable to assume that her boss hoped not to have to pay the overtime. After we had demanded the outstanding wages including the overtime in a letter and threatened with consequences, the entire money was in the account shortly thereafter.

Cleaners are often outsourced to subcontractors, where they work under high pressure for low wages and hardly get any social recognition for it. Yet without them, nothing works!

Do you also have problems at work? Then contact us at faugoe-beratung@fau.org and we’ll work together to find a solution!

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