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Workers fight the outsourcers at the University of London

Issue No. 2606

University of London workers on strike in April

University of London workers on strike in April (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Workers at the University of London (UoL) are set to walk out on 6 June as part of their fight to be taken back in house by the university. Currently they are employed by Cordiant.

They are members of the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) union.

The university last week announced that it will bring services in house “where there is an opportunity and clear rationale”.

Next Wednesday’s strike of some 130 workers will go ahead despite the management’s climbdown.

“Putting us in this limbo is completely unacceptable,” said UoL cleaner Margarita Cunalata. “We will continue fighting until we are made direct employees and treated with the dignity we deserve.”

The strike comes as the union pursues a legal case in an attempt to force UoL—the workers’ “de facto” employer—to directly negotiate with them over pay and conditions.

IWGB general secretary Jason Moyer-Lee said, “Today’s announcement demonstrates that collective action and pressure works.

“Until the University of London announces the termination of all outsourcing on a reasonable timescale, IWGB will continue to campaign.”

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