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Lobby supports cleaner Jose Stalin

by Senan Mortell
Issue No. 2140

Up to 100 trade unionists, activists and students lobbied a disciplinary hearing for union activist Jose Stalin Bermudez at Soas university in central London on Tuesday of this week.

Stalin was a key activist in Soas Unison union’s successful Justice for Cleaners campaign which won the living wage for cleaners at the university. The campaign inspired cleaners at other universities to fight for better pay.

Representatives from several Unison, UCU and CWU union branches attended the protest, along with students from Soas, Kings College, Birkbeck and UCL universities.

Stalin is currently suspended from work and his job may be under threat. Sandy Nicoll from Soas Unison said, “We are determined to get Stalin back and to make sure the union and its activists are not victimised.

“With more attacks likely in the future because of the economic climate it is important that we all stand behind Stalin and keep the union strong for the fights it will face in the future.”

Graham Dyer from the UCU lecturers’ union added, “Management have been attacking both Unison and UCU at the university for several months now.

“This is part of a bigger picture and we are determined to stand together to fight back.”

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Tue 24 Feb 2009, 18:21 GMT
Issue No. 2140
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