SOAS Justice for Cleaners take action

Next week the SOAS Justice for Cleaners Campaign will be kicking off again as it enters the next stage in its struggle for justice and equality for the cleaners at the university. The demand will now be for all cleaners to be brought in-house to break the two-tier workforce that the bosses at SOAS and the cleaning company ISS are currently using to pay the out-sourced cleaners less and give the worse terms and conditions that directly employed staff.

Staff and students in solidarity at a protest in support of better sick-pay, holidays and pensions for the cleaners at SOAS.
Staff and students in solidarity at a protest in support of better sick-pay, holidays and pensions for the cleaners at SOAS last year.

Starting on Wednesday, there will be protest actions, meetings and fund-raisers to force the bosses to stop their discriminatory practices and all students, staff and supporters are welcome to join!

Details:

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Join the facebook event here.

For a short history of the Justice for Cleaners Campaign at SOAS, check out this brilliant video:

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The Provost Missed His Pay-Day Party. Nobody cried.

We had a great time at the protest outside Provost Michael Arthur’s office today. It was a no-show for poor old Provost, however, even though we’d brought him cake!

(…seriously though, we despise the Provost)

Joining this protest against inequality at UCL were members form the UCL Justice for Cleaners Campaign and UCL UCU, who spoke about how cleaners are organising a campaign for better pay and conditions and how the top UCL fat cats are getting rich from cutting university workers’ pensions.

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The protest took place outside the Provost’s Office and Jeremy Bentham’s creepy cabinet.
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We handed out lots of flyers!

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The banner of UCL UNISON, the trade union of the Justice for Cleaners Campaign.
The banner of UCL UNISON, the trade union of the Justice for Cleaners Campaign.

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One of the speakers at the protest from UCL UCU.
One of the speakers at the protest from UCL UCU.
Cake to commemorate that Provost earns as much in 19 days as a cleaner earns in a year.
Cake to commemorate that Provost earns as much in 19 days as a cleaner earns in a year.

Provost’s Pay-Day – Protesting Inequality at UCL!

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!

Provost Michael Arthur is one of the wealthiest men on campus. He earns 20 times as much as a cleaner ...wonder who works the hardest?
Fat cat Provost Michael Arthur is one of the wealthiest men on campus. He earns 20 times as much as a cleaner and has his home paid for by the uni …wonder who works the hardest?

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,

The salaries of  those at UCL who are paid more then 10 times as much as an out-sourced cleaner. 114 out of 11,000 employees, these are literally the people who constitute "the 1%" of UCL!
The salaries of those at UCL who are paid more then 10 times as much as an out-sourced cleaner. 114 out of 11,000 employees, these are literally the people who constitute “the 1%” of UCL!

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!