Dell dumps service workers after they secured better pay and job conditions

Unionized workers negotiated a contract that ensured they would be paid at least $15 per hour and included protections against sexual harassment

Computer company Dell is dumping a team of cleaning staff just two months after they signed a new contract giving them better pay and new protections against sexual harassment in the workplace.

On 1 May, services contractor Able drew up a new agreement which ensured its 8,000 Bay Area cleaners would be paid a minimum of $15 per hour – an increase of $0.76 – and get better family health care benefits. Language was also added to the contract to give protections from sexual violence – an all-too-common problem for female staff.

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