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Defending Juan Carlos

Issue No. 2182

Students from UCL showed their support for suspended union activist Juan Carlos at a protest on Thursday last week (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Students from UCL showed their support for suspended union activist Juan Carlos at a protest on Thursday last week (Pic: Socialist Worker)


Supporters of victimised cleaner and trade unionist Juan Carlos Piedra protested twice last week to demand he is reinstated to work at University College London (UCL).

The O&G cleaning company suspended Juan Carlos in September in what many people saw as victimisation for his trade union activities.

Following a campaign, O&C reinstated him but transferred him to another company, LCC, which had won the contract to clean the Harbour Exchange building where Juan Carlos used to work.

LCC has also now suspended Juan Carlos.

Students, lecturers and other workers joined the protests at UCL and Harbour Exchange last week.

Many on the protests saw the campaign as part of the wider struggle against cuts at UCL and for better rights for all workers at the university.

Andrew Tranter, from the UCL Living Wage campaign, told Socialist Worker, “UCL should not tolerate this kind of attack on a trade unionist. We are also fighting to get the student union to support a living wage for all staff.

“This would mean we are in a stronger position to put pressure on the university.”

Juan Carlos told the protesters, “My campaign is not an individual case. It is also against the victimisation of trade unionists in general.”


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Tue 15 Dec 2009, 17:35 GMT
Issue No. 2182
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