UVW X-mas Party
Dec
15
5:00 PM17:00

UVW X-mas Party

CHRISTMAS PARTY OF UNITED VOICES OF THE WORLD (UVW)

When? Saturday, 15th December from 5pm - until the body endures!

Where? UVW's offices, Ingestre Road Community Centre, Ingestre Rd, NW5 1UX.

After another year in the trenches of London's low paid labour markets, defending and firing metaphorical bullets against the bosses of this city, we must come together to eat, drink and dance to the rhythms of joy.

Nearest tube stations are Tufnell Park and Kentish Town.

Nearest overground is Gosepl Oak.

There will be food, drinks, raffles, music, dancing and much joy.

All are welcome: children mothers, fathers, sisters, cousins, grandparents, partners, friends and lovers.

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Women’s Strike Christmas Party
Dec
7
5:00 PM17:00

Women’s Strike Christmas Party

Join us for the Women’s Strike Christmas party on Friday 7th December!

Hosted by Women's Strike Assembly and Socialist Feminist Campus Collective at SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG

Book tickets through Facebook

The New Year is near, and for students the first term is almost over. And once again, we are here for your pleasure and curiosity, taking over your space with feminist festivity.

We’ll be starting off the night with a talk on decriminalisation of sex work, and how sex workers are organising to fightback against exploitation. Then we will be gracing you with some banging DJs, dance performances and drag.

On the Decks:

The most delectable (most sexual) of underground DJing blending techno with electro from around the world…

>>Passer
https://www.mixcloud.com/passerdj

>>A BOY FROM OUTER SPACE
http://ow.ly/UdqQ50jIjNX

Performances:

>>Songs for Glitter Fetishists -- acousto-drag band plying the public with glitter-strewn renditions of their favourite songs from the '60s through the noughties

>>STRIPTEASE

All proceeds go to supporting the mighty Ministry of Justice cleaners AND security staff & receptionists who have voted 100% for strike action while demanding the London Living Wage.

Raise money by raising the roof at the best feminist party in town. Together let’s rise like flowers through the cracks of the concrete city and join forces against exploitative work practices and injustice. It’s time for some collective joy!

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UVW joins the IWGB's precarious march
Oct
30
8:30 AM08:30

UVW joins the IWGB's precarious march

  • 197 Blackfriars road, London, United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

They have killed our rights, but together, we are going to bring them back from the dead. On the eve of Halloween, The IWGB and other precarious workers will take to the streets of London to demand an end to the assault on their employment rights by ogre bosses and a zombie government.

On the day, the IWGB will be facing Uber at the Court of Appeal as part of the ongoing battle over workers' rights. A victory would put us one step closer to ending the attack on our rights that so-called "gig economy" bosses are conducting with near impunity.

This is not just about Uber drivers, but about all of us that are being forced into increasingly more precarious forms of work. That's why all precarious workers, from Deliveroo couriers to outsourced workers, will be marching together demanding an end to precarious work and a revival of the basic employment rights that we are being denied.

The march will start at Transport for London, go past the Royal Courts of Justice and end at the University of London, where workers are fighting to end outsourcing.

We hear Uber will be dressing up as an ethical employer...what will you come as?

Supported by:

Momentum
United Voices of the World
Communication Workers Union
Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union
IWW
Unite Hotel Workers Branch
Hackney Picturehouse Living wage campaign
Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants
Blacklist Support Group
War On Want
People's Assembly
Migrants Organise
Movimiento Ecuador en el Reino Unido
Poetry on the Picket Line
National Shop Stewards Network
The Clarion
East London DWP PCS
UNITE Clerkenwell & St Pancras branch
Birkbeck Unison

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Workshop: Brexit and You!
Oct
13
3:30 PM15:30

Workshop: Brexit and You!

Rights of EU and non-EU nationals after Brexit

UVW, in conjunction with New Europeans and the Law Centre Network will be delivering a workshop titled "Brexit and You":

The following points will be covered in a 30 minute presentation, which will be followed by an hour long Q&A.

What will the situation be for EU nationals in the UK after Brexit?
What is ‘Settled Status’? What is ‘pre-settled status’?
Who qualifies?
How do I apply?
What will I need for the application? What evidence will be accepted?
Key dates
What if I have criminal convictions?
Info for non-EU partners of EU citizens
Info for those without a NI number

This is open to UVW members only.

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UVW House Warming Party
Oct
6
6:00 PM18:00

UVW House Warming Party

PARTY TIME!

UVW moved to a new home in Kentish Town, North London and we would like to invite all our members, supporters, friends and comrades to celebrate with us.

We will also mark recent campaigns and victories and the incredible growth of our union over the past few months.

Invite friends and family and join us for food and music from 6pm until late.
Bring drinks to share or donate at the bar.

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Ingestre Community Centre
Ingestre Road, Kentish Town, NW5 1UX

Nearest tube Tufnell Park (to enter estate via Ingestre Road on east side) or overground Gospel Oak (to enter estate via Little Green Street on west side). See bus routes on Google Maps.

Inside the estate, follow signs to the Community Centre. Entrance is through the side door, left of the main entrance.

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CANCELED due to VICTORY: Daily Mail protest: solidarity with cleaners living wage strike
Apr
12
3:00 PM15:00

CANCELED due to VICTORY: Daily Mail protest: solidarity with cleaners living wage strike

PROTEST IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE DAILY MAIL'S MIGRANT CLEANERS WHO ARE CURRENTLY BEING BALLOTED FOR STRIKE ACTION TO WIN A LIVING WAGE

It is a supreme irony that Daily Mail - a paper which is renowned for railing against migrant workers for allegedly stealing so-called 'British' jobs is written in offices that are kept spick and span by a 100% migrant workforce which stem mainly from Latin America Africa and the Caribbean. 

The Mail also loves blaming migrants for depressing wages and yet they choose to pay their cleaners, through the contractor MITIE, £7.50 per hour which is the absolute minimum that is legally possible and a wage that keeps the cleaners in poverty. That's why the cleaners are demanding a pay rise to the London Living Wage of £10.20 per hour. 

Through their union United Voice of the World the cleaners have given notice of their intention to ballot for strike action. This is the first time that there will be a cleaners strike at the Daily Mail, and perhaps even the first time there will be a strike of any group of workers at the Daily Mail. 

Despite giving the Daily Mail and MITIE multiple opportunities to sit down and resolve this dispute through dialogue, they have chosen to ignore the cleaner's demands and instead they have sent in the manager of the contractor MITIE who threatened to sack all the cleaners if any of them ever strike. That threat was in gross violation of their trade union and human rights.

This dispute makes it crystal clear: those who are really responsible for low wages are not migrants, but rich employers like the Daily Mail, whose editor Paul Dacre received a whopping £2.37 million in remuneration last year, a 50% increase on the year before. 

If you would like your union branch or organisation to support this protest or have someone talk at it then please do get in touch. 

Please join us in solidarity.

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UVW General Meeting
Nov
18
4:00 PM16:00

UVW General Meeting

Alll members and supporters are welcome to join us at the general meeting on Saturday 18th of November, at 4pm.

1) First we will have an interactive 1 hour workshop about renters basic rights facilitated by our guest group HASL (Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth), a local housing action group and part of the Coalition against Poverty of London.

We will also look at how UVW and HASL can work together to overcome the housing problems which affect us all such as high rents, overcrowded housing, poor conditions, and problems with benefits etc.

2) Then we will talk about our upcoming general annual general meeting (AGM) planned for the first Saturday of February 2018. This Saturday we will discuss the posts that are open for election, understand what they entail, and see if you would like to stand for one of them (you can also stand for election even if you don’t attend this meeting).

3) Third, we will plan our Christmas party, and make important decisions about the union. Make sure your vote counts.

4) Also, if you are not earning the London Living Wage of 10.20 per hour then be sure to come on Saturday to find out how we can help you fight for it and win it. You will be able to meet our organisers and other members too who are or have been in your same situation.

Additionally, these meetings are good places to meet and share experiences with other members, to build and nurture the union’s community, collective spirit and sense of solidarity which makes UVW such a successful union.

See you there! Greetings and solidarity!

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PROTEST CANCELLED: Cleaners strike at Ferrari's HR Owen showroom
Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

PROTEST CANCELLED: Cleaners strike at Ferrari's HR Owen showroom

MEET US FOR A VICTORY PARTY INSTEAD! UPDATES WILL FOLLOW SOON! STAY TUNED!

 

The fight continues for justice for Freddy and Angelica, the cleaners from Ecuador who work at HR Owen's Ferrari and Maserati showrooms in South Kensington and wwre votu susoended after voting to strike for a living wage.

The fabricated grounds of their suspension were in relation to alleged timekeeping issues which, needless to say, are compeltely false and malicious and had never been "an isuse" before voting to stike.

Still suspened and indefiance of such vile and unlawful acts of victmisation they will strike on 11th November 2017.

This will be the smallest strike in UK history measured by the number of workers but is far bigger in its signficance.

Please support them.

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UVW meeting & cinema
Oct
7
4:00 PM16:00

UVW meeting & cinema

As part of the Mes Amigo festival UVW will have a film screening. We will screen a short film on cleaners struggles in London, which also shows some exciting footage of our recently won campaign at the LSE. Afterwards we will screen the film Bread and Roses.

There will be popcorn and some food. Bring your friends and family along.

 

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Strike at the LSE
Jun
2
5:30 AM05:30

Strike at the LSE

Cleaners at the LSE have voted to take further strike action following the LSE’s failure to concede their claim for parity of terms and conditions of employment with in-house staff, or make any offer of settlement.

The first day of renewed strike action was on the 11th May 2017 and will continue one day a week, every week thereinafter.

The decision to strike again and indefinitely follows the cleaners’ incredibly successful first strike on 15th and 16th March which was the first strike of any cleaners or outsourced workers in the LSE’s history.


Since that strike the LSE has pleaded with UVW to hold off on any further strike action on the basis that the LSE would make an offer of settlement before the end of the Easter break which they strongly believed would be acceptable to the cleaners. With that the LSE appeared to be turning a corner and at least trying to live up to its - largely undeserved - reputation as an institution that is interested in combatting inequality, rather than perpetuating it.

Common decency would dictate that the cleaners’ demands are met, but it is also quite ludicrous that such a wealthy and prestigious institution should seek to resist implementing basic equality for the low paid workers upon whose labour it relies.
On the back of the LSE's professed interest in settling this dispute UVW agreed in good faith to put a temporary halt on campaign and strike action, pending a concrete offer for our member's consideration by 24th April. Unfortunately, LSE management has failed to come forward with any offer at all, demonstrating once again that they have little or no interest in the welfare and dignity of the cleaners or in affording them basic equality with other LSE employees.

Despite the LSE's lies, spin and disrespect the cleaners have remained more than patient and have repeatedly tried to amicably settle this dispute. However, they are clear that they will not be strung along with empty gestures from the LSE’s highly-paid managers and directors.

The LSE needs to bear in mind that UVW membership at the University has grown considerably since the first strike – which was itself voted for by 100% of members who took part in the ballot. The resolve and strength of feeling among our members at the LSE is also now greater than ever and our support among students has also grown massively. The next strike is going to be even bigger and even better-supported than the first and will bring even more attention to the LSE’s double standards and brazen hypocrisy.

 

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6th Day of LSE Strike
Jun
1
5:45 AM05:45

6th Day of LSE Strike

Cleaners at the LSE have voted to strike every single week indefinitely until victory, starting on 11th May.

Cleaners at the LSE have voted to take further strike action following the LSE’s failure to concede their claim for parity of terms and conditions of employment with in-house staff, or make any offer of settlement.

The first day of renewed strike action will be on 11th May 2017 and will continue one day a week, every week thereinafter.

The decision to strike again and indefinitely follows the cleaners’ incredibly successful first strike on 15th and 16th March which was the first strike of any cleaners or outsourced workers in the LSE’s history.


Since that strike the LSE has pleaded with UVW to hold off on any further strike action on the basis that the LSE would make an offer of settlement before the end of the Easter break which they strongly believed would be acceptable to the cleaners. With that the LSE appeared to be turning a corner and at least trying to live up to its - largely undeserved - reputation as an institution that is interested in combatting inequality, rather than perpetuating it.

Common decency would dictate that the cleaners’ demands are met, but it is also quite ludicrous that such a wealthy and prestigious institution should seek to resist implementing basic equality for the low paid workers upon whose labour it relies.
On the back of the LSE's professed interest in settling this dispute UVW agreed in good faith to put a temporary halt on campaign and strike action, pending a concrete offer for our member's consideration by 24th April. Unfortunately, LSE management has failed to come forward with any offer at all, demonstrating once again that they have little or no interest in the welfare and dignity of the cleaners or in affording them basic equality with other LSE employees.

Despite the LSE's lies, spin and disrespect the cleaners have remained more than patient and have repeatedly tried to amicably settle this dispute. However, they are clear that they will not be strung along with empty gestures from the LSE’s highly-paid managers and directors.

The LSE needs to bear in mind that UVW membership at the University has grown considerably since the first strike – which was itself voted for by 100% of members who took part in the ballot. The resolve and strength of feeling among our members at the LSE is also now greater than ever and our support among students has also grown massively. The next strike is going to be even bigger and even better-supported than the first and will bring even more attention to the LSE’s double standards and brazen hypocrisy.

 

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5th Day of Strike Action at the LSE
May
24
5:45 AM05:45

5th Day of Strike Action at the LSE

he cleaners at the LSE, all of whom are migrants and BAME workers, will be back out on strike on 24th May for what will be the 5th day of a weekly indefinte strike.

All they are asking for is dignity and equality and despite waiting 8 months the LSE has still refused to concede either and has instead tried to undermine and smear the cleaners campaign in ways that would make the Daily Mail shudder.

The LSE has failed to offer and settlemt to this dispute, and is instead determined to perpetuate inequality and maintain a two tier wokrkforce where cleaners are excluded from the LSE community, forced to get by on signifiacntly inferior T&Cs (annual leave, sick pay, and maternity/paternity/adoption leave pay) and generally treated second class.

Despite the LSE's lies, spin and disrespect the cleaners have remained more than patient and have repeatedly tried to amicably settle this dispute. However, they are clear that they will not be strung along with empty gestures from the LSE’s highly-paid managers and directors. Therefore these stirkes will contiue until victory.

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LSE strike
May
17
5:30 AM05:30

LSE strike

Cleaners at the LSE have voted to strike every single week indefinitely until victory, starting on 11th May.

Cleaners at the LSE have voted to take further strike action following the LSE’s failure to concede their claim for parity of terms and conditions of employment with in-house staff, or make any offer of settlement.

The decision to strike again and indefinitely follows the cleaners’ incredibly successful first strike on 15th and 16th March which was the first strike of any cleaners or outsourced workers in the LSE’s history.

 



Since that strike the LSE has pleaded with UVW to hold off on any further strike action on the basis that the LSE would make an offer of settlement before the end of the Easter break which they strongly believed would be acceptable to the cleaners. With that the LSE appeared to be turning a corner and at least trying to live up to its - largely undeserved - reputation as an institution that is interested in combatting inequality, rather than perpetuating it.

Common decency would dictate that the cleaners’ demands are met, but it is also quite ludicrous that such a wealthy and prestigious institution should seek to resist implementing basic equality for the low paid workers upon whose labour it relies.

On the back of the LSE's professed interest in settling this dispute UVW agreed in good faith to put a temporary halt on campaign and strike action, pending a concrete offer for our member's consideration by 24th April. Unfortunately, LSE management has failed to come forward with any offer at all, demonstrating once again that they have little or no interest in the welfare and dignity of the cleaners or in affording them basic equality with other LSE employees.

Despite the LSE's lies, spin and disrespect the cleaners have remained more than patient and have repeatedly tried to amicably settle this dispute. However, they are clear that they will not be strung along with empty gestures from the LSE’s highly-paid managers and directors.

The LSE needs to bear in mind that UVW membership at the University has grown considerably since the first strike – which was itself voted for by 100% of members who took part in the ballot. The resolve and strength of feeling among our members at the LSE is also now greater than ever and our support among students has also grown massively. The next strike is going to be even bigger and even better-supported than the first and will bring even more attention to the LSE’s double standards and brazen hypocrisy.

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UVW General Meeting
Mar
4
4:00 PM16:00

UVW General Meeting

A general meeting for the broad membership base of UVW in which volunteers report back, we make decisions and discuss strategies for the way ahead.

The meetings take place in our offices on the 8th floor of Hannibal House, which is accessible  from inside the Elephant and Castle shopping centre.

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Protest against homophobic hate crime at the LSE
Feb
24
12:30 PM12:30

Protest against homophobic hate crime at the LSE

This protest is being called to hold the LSE to account for its inaction in the face of homophobic hate crimes on campus.

Over two months ago Sam (a pseudonym), a cleaner at the LSE who is outsrouced to Noonan, submitted a formal grievance stating that he had been the victim of homophobic bullying and which was so serious that it probably amounted to a hate crime. More specifically he was called “faggot”, told that he should sleep with a woman “to cure the problem”; that “gay people are not human”; and that “all gay people should be murdered, burnt alive and hanged”.

That last statement was responded to by the other people present by “jumping up and down in jubilation”.

He asked Richard Seddon, the account director at Noonan on the LSE's cleaning contract to “seriously investigate the situation before it gets completely out of control”, adding that he “feared for his safety.”

In light of Noonan's track record of implemetning extremely harsh disciplinary proceedings against cleaners, sometimes for the most trivial of things - such as 3 cleaners who were summarily suspended and eventually sacked by Noonan at the LSE last year for finishing their shift a little early - you would be forgiven for thinking that Richard would have immediately suspended the perpetrators of the reported homophobic bullying whilst he went on to investigate matters.

In actual fact, Richard took no action whatsoever against the perpetrators of the homophobic bullying and even responded dismissively by claiming that “it's in their culture.”

Sam became desperate in the face of Noonan's inaction and, ever fearful for his safety, asked the LSE cleaners union UVW to intervene.

UVW immediately wrote to Julia Black, and the directors of LSE facilities department. They refused to take any action either. In fact, all that happened was that nearly 2 weeks later (and 2 months since first reporting the homophobic bullying) Sam was invited to a grievance hearing. Still no action was taken.

Julia Black could have immediately requested Richard Seddon's removal from campus for not only expressing racist views, but also clearly discriminating against Sam because of his sexual orientation and potentially putting other cleaners, students and staff at risk of further homophobic bullying. Richard Seddon remains in his post in charge of all the cleaners at the LSE.

Noonan have accepted that they have done wrong and "let things slip", and yet neither Noonan nor Julia Black have taken any serious action. In fact, in a recent open student forum Julia Black was asked about this matter and refused to even pay lip service condemning homophobia at the LSE.

Sam is taking Noonan and the LSE to an employment tribunal on grounds of discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

In the meantime, we demand justice, responsibility and accountability.


NB

The Association of Chief Police Officers and the Crown Prosecution Service (“CPS”) have agreed a common definition of hate crime: "Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender."”

The CPS' Policy for Prosecuting Cases of Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime, which states that:
“We regard homophobic and transphobic crimes as particularly serious because they undermine people’s right to feel safe about and be safe in their sexual orientation, whether they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual, and in their gender identity, whether they are women or men and including trans men and women. Such crimes are based on prejudice, discrimination and hate and they do not have any place in an open and democratic society.”

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Feb
4
4:00 PM16:00

UVW General Meeting

A general meeting for the broad membership base of UVW in which volunteers report back, we make decisions and discuss strategies for the way ahead.

The meetings take place in our offices on the 8th floor of Hannibal House, which is accessible  from inside the Elephant and Castle shopping centre.

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Protest at John Lewis: bring cleaners into the partnership!
Nov
5
4:00 PM16:00

Protest at John Lewis: bring cleaners into the partnership!

John Lewis makes well over £100 million in profit a year despite a recent slump, and pays its Chariman over 70 times what the cleaners, who are memebrs of UVW, earn. 

Nonetheless, John Lewis insists on denigrating and treating their cleaners like second class citizens, who they despicably outsource for no other reason than to deprive them of the same benfits that in-house staff receive. 

Not only are the cleaners paid poverty wages of £7.29 per hour - which will be insultingly increased by only 6p an hour to £7.35 an hour on 18th October - but they are excluded from the famous partnership model lauded by all. 

Consequently the cleaners do not benefit from the store discount, the annual bonus, even if it has fallen from 17% to 11% in recent years, or even the minimim wage of £8.20 per hour which comparable in-store workers (aka “partners”) receive before the bonus.  

Worse still is that the annual bonus is publicly announced every year in store. This means the cleaners are forced to watch everyone celebrate and then sweep up the confetti and mop up the spilt champagne as a cruel reminder of their second class status within John Lewis. 

We have received guarantees by John Lewis' contractor that by 1st November 2016 we will receive a response to our very simple and fair demands for the cleaners to receive parity of pay and terms and conditions of employment with in-house staff. After all, outosourcing does not and cannot justify a two tier workforce, especially within a "partnership".

However, if John Lewis refuses to engage in meaningful negotiations, or continues to falsely deflect responsibility to their contractor, and continues to treat and pay the cleaners so contemptuously, then this protest will proceed and will mark the start of a what could become a protracted industrial dispute which will be relentlessly fought until justice is served.

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UVW general meting
Nov
5
1:00 PM13:00

UVW general meting

A general meeting for the broad membership base of UVW in which volunteers report back, we make decisions and discuss strategies for the way ahead. 

Please note that our meeting location changed: We are now meeting at the 8th floor of Hanibal House in Elephant and Castle.

After the meeting we will go together to the John Lewis protest starting 4pm at Oxford Street.

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REINSTATE ALBA: JUSTICE FOR THE LSE CLEANERS!
Oct
14
1:00 PM13:00
LSE

REINSTATE ALBA: JUSTICE FOR THE LSE CLEANERS!

Alba is one of the longest serving members of the cleaning team at the LSE who has just been unnecssarily, unfairly and unalwfully sacked, without notice, by the LSE's new cut-throat contractor Noonan. 

Alba started as a cleaner back in 2004, and was later promoted to the position of a supervisor, and then again promoted to the position of office administrator. However, due to what she describes as discrimination on the part of management who didn't want her as Latin American woman in the office, she was demoted to the position of supervisor, the position from which she has just been sacked. 

She has been told she can work as cleaner if she wishes but she can't because she lost the skin on her hands through years of exposure to dangerous chemicals at the LSE. 

Why was she officially sacked?

The official reason given for sacking Alba was that “following a review of the Supervisor structure at the LSE, the nature of the contract, and taking into account how we can best deliver an efficient service to our client and the public...the propose the loss of 5 current supervisor roles at the LSE”

As you will note the words used to justify her sacking are typically vague and vacuous. 

In reality, of course, the only reason for sacking Alba is to try and save a bit of money off the backs of the lowest paid workers at the LSE in the belief that no-one would notice, care or do anything about it. 

In fact, Noonan was awarded the contract because they offered the LSE a discount price and the LSE didn't question, or rather didn't care, how they would make those savings which, of course, can only be made by getting fewer people to do more work leading to greater degrees of already dangerously high levels of physical and psychological stress. 

Alba's sacking is also unlawful in that there is no question that it is in breach of TUPE regulations, which Noonan have admitted that they tried to cynically evade by waiting 6 months before they went ahead with the sackings which they had been planning since even before the transfer.  

Alba's dismissal represents the inevitable consequence of the fiercely competitive, notoriously unethical and downright exploitative employment practices which have come to define the cleaning sector dominated by so-called “strategic outsourcing specialists” which the LSE chooses to hire rather than providing an in-hosue service. 

The only way to stop this attack on the cleaners is for the cleaners themselves to get organised, get unionised, get supported by staff and students and fight back. 

The good news is, that's exactly what we're doing! 

Join us for this protest which will mark not only the start of a long series of protests demanding Alba's reinstatement, but also to demand that the cleaners are treated with dignity, respect and given the same terms and conditions of employment as in-house staff.

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