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UVW wins the final part of its 10 month dispute against Noonan and the LSE by winning a groundbreaking, precedent setting tribunal hearing today which declared Alba's dismissal not only unlawful but profoundly and manifestly unfair.

This is the 5th sacked cleaner we have got reinstated at the LSE in the last year. With Alba's reinstatement, and the cleaners being brought in-house this concludes, for now, UVW's official dispute at the LSE.

The judge made many damning remarks about Noonan yesterday, but the following stood out:

1) Noonan's treatment of Alba, who was at risk of redundancy, was discourteous and inadequate and Noonan's lawyers and accountants would not have been treated in the same way.

3) Noonan fell well short of their obligations to a “vulnerable and disadvantaged” section of their workforce.

2) the defects in the process were profoundly and manifestly unfair and her dismissal was well outside of the range (which is a really wide range!) of reasonable responses and permissible conduct available to employers.


Following a vote of UVW members at the LSE this morning a decision has been made to suspend the strike action due to take place over the coming days in order to await the employment tribunal's decision at Alba Pasmino's unfair dismissal hearing next week, a decision to which the LSE has now finally committed in writing to abiding by.

Furthermore, the cleaners do not wish to disturb the student's graduation ceremonies which, incidentally, management were perfectly happy to jeopardise through their initial unwillingness to resolve this dispute.

If the tribunal finds in Alba's favour and she is not reinstated accordingly then strike action will be resumed.

Furthermore, please note that the LSE has stooped to a new and disturbing low today by issuing a memo to all cleaners shamelessly suggesting that the LSE's unnecessary decision to heavily securitise a cleaners' strike might leave the LSE vulnerable to a terrorist attack because "during this period of heightened security your actions will force us to divert security staff away from being alert to possible threats."


After the LSE cleaners recent historic victory which resulted in them being brought in-house after 7 days of strike action and the largest cleaners strike in UK history, the cleaners will be back out on strike for 3 more days during the LSE students graduation over one remaining issue of dispute: Alba Pasmino.

Alba dedicated 12 years of her life to the LSE and was one of the longest serving members of the cleaning team. She was an experienced worker and a loved and important member of the team and the wider LSE community.

However, she has been unnecessarily, unfairly and unalwfully sacked by the LSE's contractor Noonan. She is taking them to an employment tribunal but the outcome of that hearing in July will not guarnatee her reinstatement even if the judge accepts that she was unlawfully dismissed.

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...we propose the loss of 5 current supervisor roles at the LSE”.

That explanation is vacuous. In reality, there was no justiifed reason to make those redundancies and the only reason was to save a few pennies off her back. This is all the more shameful not only becasue the LSE and Noonan have a combined annual income of around £500 million and Alba only worked 2.5 hours (£20) a day, but also becasue she is 63 years and is therfore only two years away from retirement.

Furthermore, there used to be 25 supervisors, which was cut to 18 and then again to 13 which has left those that remain to be severley overworked which is causing them, in some cases, considerable psychological and physical distress.

Alba's reinstatement would therfore be a great relief to the team. This fact is recognised by Noonan's newly appointed Account Director who is keen to see Alba return, but his efforts to bring that about are being blocked, without justifcation, by the chest-beating director of LSE Faciltiies, Allan Blair, who is callously using Alba as a political football which is creully at the expense of her livlihood and well-being.

Reinstating Alba is the right thing to do, the fair thing to do. It would also finally bring an end to the current cleaners' dispute and ensure the studnets' graduation cermonies may proceed without disturbance from the strikes.