The Justice for Cleaners campaign at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) won a major victory last week by gaining the London Living Wage for its cleaners.
Campaigners protested at the governing body’s meeting last week and presented it with a nine page paper outlining the reasons for bringing all outsourced contracts in-house before its meeting last week.
The body decided to support an “ethical outsourcing” option for employing cleaners, citing costs as the reason for not bringing cleaning in-house.
In a community consultative ballot 458 out of 474 voted in favour of bringing the services in-house. A member of management said that students need to make a choice between “paying the cleaners more and longer library hours”.
Although the body’s decision falls short of the campaign’s demands, this result is a victory for Soas campaigners who have fought tirelessly since January last year for a decent living wage.
The campaign will, however, continue to put pressure on management to ensure that all promises are upheld. It will also continue campaigning to bring all outsourced services back in-house.