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LSE cleaners strike for equality and dignity

LSE, London. Thu 11 May 2017

 

 The pprotest took place on the street outside the LSE library

 

 Noonan employs the cleaners at the LSE and the cleaners get low pay, low status and terrible management

 and the UVW is taking them to tribunals over unfair dismissal and other matters

 Noonan got the contract by making a lower tender - and then tried to work the cleaners harder

 The cleaners say they want the same terms and conditions as people in similar roles who are LSE employees

 They work in the same place and deserve equal treatment. Their claims are supported by students and LSE staff.

 Trenton Oldfield has brought his daughter with him to show solidarity with the cleaners

 LSE Security have closed the area in front of the library normally open to the public. The road is a public highway

 Speeches explain why the cleaners are striking and cleaners lead some chanting for equal treatment

 One police officer starts harassing Sid Skill who has come to show solidarity. Sid refuses to talk to him and moves away

 but the officer keeps following him around and questioning him

 Sid asks him to stop harassing him, but he continues, trying to take him to one side and question him

 

 

 everyone at the protest tells the officer he is harassing Sid and asks him to stop, including Trenton Oldfield

 and as I take photographs I also ask him why he is harassing Sid - but he simply denies the obvious

 

 The LSE head of security says he has no influence on the police. Sid feels he is about to be arrested and rushes
away - and is followed by two police officers, until he escapes by jumping on a bus as the doors are closing.

 Workers from nearby Kings College arrive to show solidarity

 as do more frorm Class War - and the officer who had been harassing Sid moves them off the road

 A woman who works in the LSE comes to tell the cleaners they are making a lot of noise and disturbing her day

 and then hugs the police officer and smiles when she sees I am photographing her. The cleaners say they have
to make a lot of noise as the LSE management refuse to talk with them and their union.

They tell her to go and complain to the managers.and get them to talk and continue their noisy protest

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