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.
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Ready for Provost’s Pay-Day Party! (Chants and more)

Who’s been a good Provost, then? xD

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.

A banner from the UCL Justice for Cleaners Campaign outside SOAS, where cleaners organised themselves, demanded and won vastly improved wages and conditions. April 2014.
A banner from the UCL Justice for Cleaners Campaign outside SOAS, where cleaners organised themselves, demanded and won vastly improved wages and conditions. April 2014.

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.

Spend the money on cleaners' wages, no the bosses!
Spend the money on cleaners’ wages, no the 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!”

and finally…

“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.

See you tomorrow, Michael Arthur!!