Demo at Senate House: for a Living Wage and Sick Pay! - 14/9/11

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Anonymous
Sep 5 2011 12:32
Demo at Senate House: for a Living Wage and Sick Pay! - 14/9/11

Organised by Bloomsbury Fightback, these are the cleaners that were on wildcat strike last week.

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EVER NOTICED HOW CLEAN SENATE HOUSE IS?

The people who clean it earn £6.15 per hour. In London, the minimum wage required to avoid living in poverty is £8.30 per hour.

Cleaning and maintenance staff at SOAS, Birkbeck, Queen Mary and other University of London Colleges already receive this wage. But not in Senate House.
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This is a recipe for impoverishment. Already most of the cleaners can't afford to live near Bloomsbury and have to commute for up to three hours a day to get to work. On top of this many of them are forced to take second jobs just so they can pay the rent and feed their families.

Furthermore, the subcontractor which employs the cleaners (Balfour Beatty Workplace) has consistently failed to pay staff for their overtime. Some employees are owed over four months of overtime wages.

University of London senior management has said it has a principled 'commitment' to pay the living wage by 2013.

As encouraging as this might be, no one can pay their rent or feed their families on principled commitments.

But this isn't just about Balfour Beatty or University of London Senior Management. We're all responsible to ensure that no members of our community are forced to live in poverty. And so let's exert some collective pressure!:

COME AND SUPPORT SOME OF THE POOREST EMPLOYEES IN YOUR INSTITUTION! DEMONSTRATE FOR THE IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LONDON LIVING WAGE!

SENATE HOUSE, in the car park next to the Russel Square
WEDNESDAY 14th SEPTEMBER
11.30am

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=244690802235317