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Demonstrate to support London Living Wage
Socialist Resistance

September 13, 2011
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Wednesday 14 September, 11.30am

Senate House carpark (Russell Square side)
Bloomsbury Fightback v Labour MPs Frank Dobson and John McDonnell are supporting the cleaners’ fight against the University of London.

Workers at the University of London will be holding a mass demonstration on Wednesday to demand that the London Living Wage be paid to all university workers.

Students, lecturers and staff from universities across London will be joining the protest.

Organised by UNISON with the workers concerned, and supported by UCU, London Citizens, and the National Union of Students, as well as many London-based NGOs and MPs, the Senate House London Living Wage and Sick Pay Campaign calls on the University of London to implement the full £8.30 wage, backdated to 1 September 2011, and introduce full sick pay for all workers.

The cleaners are sub-contracted to Balfour Beatty, the multinational construction company which had a 32% rise in profits in 2010.

The London Living Wage, currently stands at £8.30 an hour, and is paid by all the surrounding colleges of the University of London, including SOAS, Birkbeck, LSE, and the Institute of Education. In contrast, the cleaners working for the central University are paid just £6.15 an hour, and receive no sick pay beyond the statutory minimum. University College London committed to paying the Living Wage to all employees after their unethical employment practices were exposed by the Evening Standard.