On Monday January 19th, UCL Provost Michael Arthur will have earned in 19 day what the lowest paid full-time workers at UCL – outsourced cleaners – earn in a year. Arthur earns almost 20 times as much in a year as the people who clean his office and private kitchen.
We are going to protest this grotesque inequality by holding “a party” (see link) outside the Provost’s office in the Main Wilkins building at UCL at 1pm on Monday. Everybody is invited!
At a time when our lecturers’ pensions are under threat, when many of the lowest paid workers are on outsourced contracts that force them into in appalling working conditions with few working rights, it is outrageous that the university can pretend that there’s not enough money for everybody. Michael Arthur alone in senior management gets paid £360,000+ per year
Beyond the Provost, there are 113 members of UCL staff who every year are paid more than 10 times the annual wages of a cleaner. All together they earn a combined £21.5m.
At other campuses across the country, students have also been taking action against unequal pay,
To counter the growing inequality that is making UCL extremely wealthy at the expense of staff and students our demands are:
1. A 5:1 pay ratio at all universities, colleges and schools, with all in-house and outsourced workers paid at least the Living Wage
2. Action to close the gender and racial pay gaps. Low pay at our university disproportionately affects women and migrant workers
3. Democratic structures which put workers, students and local communities in control of our universities, colleges and schools, including on issues such as pay.
Come along and show the Provost that we won’t stand for this absurd inequality of pay.
Our staff make our education possible, while management pay themselves absurdly high figures to do nothing but wreck it. Pay them decent wages with decent conditions!