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Living Wage protest on May Day

by Camilla Royle
Issue No. 2150

On May Day 150 people marched around the Bloomsbury colleges in central London to demand the London living wage of £7.45 an hour for all the staff there.

There have been successful campaigns at Birkbeck and Soas universities where managers bowed to pressure and backed the living wage.

There are colleges in Bloomsbury that continue to pay poverty wages. The protest marched to UCL and presented a letter to the provost, Malcolm Grant.

The campaign has united branches of Unison, Unite, the UCU and many of the students’ unions. It has brought together workers from different nationalities – including Stalin Bermudez from Soas who was victimised and sacked.

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Tue 5 May 2009, 18:31 BST
Issue No. 2150
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