Re : Worst. Hotel. Ever.

Good News A! More than 88,000 people added their name to tell this hotel giant to treat its courageous cleaning staff with respect and dignity.

Workers are negotiating with management and need your help now more than ever. Can they count on you to add your name to the petition?


Hotel giant forces unbearable breakneck pace on its housekeepers, for a meager salary barely allowing them to keep a roof over their heads.

But these courageous women are fighting back!

Tell this hotel behemoth to hire them as core staff and treat them with the respect and dignity they’ve earned.

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17 minutes. That’s how little time this Ibis hotel gives... to its housekeepers to: ventilate a room, pick up trash, change linens, scrub the bathroom, the toilets, make the bed, dust, vacuum, mop and vacuum again.

All that, 14 to 34 times a day, for a meager salary that barely allows them to put food on the table.

It’s intolerable. Their back hurt, their feet hurt, their knees hurt, and many suffer chronic injuries. That’s why they’ve been picketing for better working conditions for the past 20 months.

One person can put an end to this inhumane situation: it’s Cédric Durand, COO for AccorInvest, which owns this Ibis hotel. AccorInvest refuses decent working conditions to the Black women workers allowing proper operation of the hotel. This needs to change!

Demand Cédric Durand to fully integrate these courageous workers to the hotel staff.

AccorInvest tries to wash its hands of the situation by arguing that these women work for STN, a subcontractor. Thus, these hardworking women ask to be fully integrated into the hotel staff and be treated like any other employees.

Ibis, brand of the Accor group -- European leader of the sector and third largest hotel group in the world which owns 30% of AccorInvest -- claims to have found solutions. The solution? A can of soda and $2.37 for lunch.

An offer that adds insult to injury for women who say they were not even given a simple bottle of water during their fast-paced working day.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the only humiliation these Black women had to suffer. They denounce harassment practices at the Ibis Batignolles hotel. Their stories are shocking: when they question their working conditions, they are told that the job center is just across the street. When they demand more respect, these women, mostly Black and immigrants, are told to go back "home" if they are not happy.

Worse still, some say they have been victims of sexual violence involving customers as well as the former hotel manager. When reporting these assaults, some claim that Ibis simply sends them a generic apology letter. A complaint has been filed and the investigation is ongoing.

Tell Cédric Durand that the ONLY SOLUTION is to fully integrate these women to the hotel staff.

A, we have a unique opportunity to tip the scales in the favor of these courageous women. The pressure they have been exerting on Ibis and Accor for the past 20 months has finally pushed them to open negotiations. At the same time, its direct competitor, the Louvre Hotels group, has just ended subcontracting in two of its hotels after a similar demand by housekeeping staff.

These women have waited long enough, it is time for the hotel giant to make the right decision and stop the exploitation of housekeeping staff.

Tell Cédric Durand and Ibis to give these women the respect they deserve by hiring them as core hotel staff.

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Thanks for all that you do,
Nabil and the team at SumOfUs

More information:

Justice for the outsourced Hotel Ibis chambermaids
Institute of Race Relations. 13 February 2020. “You don’t ask for power, you grab it!” – in Paris, migrant housekeeping staff are taking on a hotel giant
Equal Times. 17 September 2020. (In French) « Parfois on pleure, tellement nous sommes fatiguées » : avec les femmes de chambre grévistes de l’hôtel Ibis
Le Monde. 24 July 2019.

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