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.
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!
Tomorrow UCL Provost Michael Arthur will have earned as much in 2015 as an out-sourced cleaner here earns in an entire year, about £16,000. In order to commemorate this momentous achievement we’re organising a party for him and Everybody is invited! Find all the details here.
There will be party hats and cake for those attend the party! We hope that Mr Arthur will join us so that we can ask him how he sleeps at night and why he thinks the migrant workers who clean his office should earn little more then a living wage and not enjoy the same privileges as himself the other male, white fat cat bosses.
We should, of course prepare to shout a few chants in case he decides to stay in his office and sulk. Here’s a bit of inspiration:
“Michael Arthur [or Provost, Provost] we’ve got beef!
Pay your staff, don’t be a thief!”
“UCL, shame on you!
Pay your cleaners what they’re due!”
“Michael Arthur, you old toad,
Pay your workers what they’re owed!”
“UCL, hey hey,
Wage gaps are not OK!”
“UCL, there’s a solution;
Better income distribution!!”
Tomorrow’s protest will not only be about the unjust pay gaps between cleaners and the 1% of UCL, but also to highlight the gender and racial pay gaps at our university and to demand that workers are given a larger say over how wages are distributed. Read our demands here.
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.