Our branch secretary Danny wrote today to the VC and the heads of SAS:
I am writing to you and to the SAS Directors with regard to the ongoing in-house campaign and boycott of Senate House
SAS have indicated to us and to the campaign on numerous occasions the extremely serious impact the boycott is having on the School, particularly if it continues into the long term.
The University meanwhile has reiterated that the wellbeing of the School is a top priority.
It would therefore make sense that if there were a course of action that could lead to the boycott being lifted the University should take it.
We want to make clear that this course of action is available – we are offering direct negotiations with the outsourced workers and their chosen union which could start immediately. Only through negotiation will we find a solution that will convince workers to call off the boycott. Once an agreement is reached, the boycott will be lifted.
If the University wishes to find a way to resolve this issue and has the interests of the School at heart, all it needs to do is accept this offer, which would cost it nothing.
We are looking forward to your response, and moving forward with a solution that will benefit everyone at the University in the long term.