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IWGB protest London University outsourcing

Senate House, London. Tue 21 Nov 2017



 IWGB members and supporters came to the pavement outside the front entrance to Senate House

 where guests for the Foundation Day event with University of London Chancellor Princess Anne were due to

 arrive.

 Many workers in the University are now employed by out-sourcing companies who treat them badly with pay

 and conditions of service lower than people in similar jobs directly employed by the university would get.

 A samba band made sure the protest was heard both outside and inside the building

 

 

 

 

 

 Quite a large crowd had come for the protest to support the out-sourced workers, who include security guards,

 porters, cleaners and catering staff. Security staff in the IWGB have been taking part in a number of one day

 strikes. People coming to the event had to walk past the protest to show their tickets to hired security at the

 entrance. Some of those going to the event were clearly angered at the protest, while a few stopped to talk with

 protesters.

 When most people had arrived the protesters took a walk around the building. There was a romour that

 Princess Anne was due to arrive at another door, but there was no sign of her. Probably she had come earlier

 The IWGB was supported by students from the University and other unions including the UCU London Region

 

 

 Strikers from the Picturehouse cinemas demanding a living wage came to give support

 along with students from the LSE who have campaigned for their cleaners to be properly treated and brought in house.

 

 

 

 

 After protesting at the east entrance to Senate House the protesters walked around Russell Square

 

 

 and then march back to the main entrance

 

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