UoL security officers back on strike tomorrow and joining forces with SOAS outsourced workers campaign
- University of London security officers to protest together with SOAS Justice for Workers tomorrow afternoon. The Justice for Workers campaign has been occupying SOAS since last week.
- Freedom of Information request reveals University is monitoring IWGB’s twitter account.
- IWGB has balloted University of London post room workers and porters over pay, and expects to announce joint strike dates shortly.
21 June: University of London security officers will go back on strike tomorrow (22 June), just after it was revealed that the university spends resources monitoring the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain’s (IWGB) social media accounts.
The security officers continue to demand that the University and contractor Cordant Services implement a 25% pay rise promised six years ago.
A Freedom of Information (FOI) request made by the IWGB and answered yesterday reveals that the university has been monitoring the union’s twitter accounts.
One email sent from a communications officer to other university employees reads:
“You’re probably monitoring IWGB’s account as well but thought I’d update you on the latest tweets”
IWGB University of London Branch Secretary Danny Millum has said about the revelations: “The university has used every loophole to try and hide the truth about its handling of this dispute, but what is even more shocking is that the university would rather spend resources monitoring the IWGB’s social media than paying its workers properly.”
Security officers will be striking from midnight tonight. A picket line and protest will be held outside Senate House from midday onwards. The protest will combine forces with the SOAS Justice for Workers campaign, some of whom have been occupying the university since last week, as they demand that outsourced cleaners be brought in-house.
The schedule is as follows:
12:00 Picket in front of Senate House
13:30 – 15:00 Tour of the halls to greet new residents checking in
15:00 Picket returns to Senate House
16:30 Picket heads to SOAS to join with SOAS Justice for Workers demo
17:30-19:00 Joint demonstration in the Cloisters of Senate House
The IWGB is also balloting University of London post room workers and porters over similar issues to those raised by security officers, including broken pay rise promises, and expects to announce joint strike dates soon.
A crowdfund has been set up to raise funds for the striking security officers, who are sacrificing their salary during the industrial action.
The latest news and updates on the strike can be followed on this Facebook page.
For more information:
Emiliano Mellino, Press officer (firstname.lastname@example.org)