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[Excerpt] I am Barbara Pokryszka - cartoonist, painter, scupltor, poet, Room Attendant in Hilton hotel from 19.05.2008 to 03.06.2012 - I cleaned at least 15 rooms a day which is 3.750 rooms per year, whilst being bullied and extremely harassed.

The majority of workers were too scared to defend our rights with fear of losing their jobs. Myself and some of my workmates tried to defend our rights with some minor success with the help of Unite Hotel Workers Branch. After more than four years working at the Hilton without a complaint against me, I was suspended, they said for contacting the media, I dispute this and my fight with them goes on.

My health suffer at this time and while I were off sick I create series of painting to highlight the conditions of workers and a graphic novel based on my own horrible experience to encourage workers to organize.

Educate, agitate, organise, it's time to fight...


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Pokryszka, B. (2015). Tale of two cities [Electronic version]. London: Unite.