Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Supporting Godmsith's Uni Nursery and Living Wage at UCL

Another busy day - went to nearby Goldsmith's to hand out leaflets before work starts (I live nearby). They've got a big campaign to Save their nursery as we did at London Met so I figured we have a lot in common.

Then at lunchtime went to join the Living Wage campaign lobby of UCL. Turned out to be successful - what an important victory. Really inspiring stuff!

I spoke at their lunchtime lobby to show support - we have plenty of members on poverty pay at London Met. And low pay effects not only contracted out cleaners and caterers but so many members of support staff on campus. And with our current pay offer of an insulting 0.4%, all UNISON members are being told to accept another pay cut. We must reject this and show some resolve:

Congratulations to all! We'll have to learn important lessons from the London Living Wage Campaign and we're planning our own campaign at London Met. Watch this space, as they say...

Recruited a new member this morning, had a notice board put up in our office this afternoon, and somehow got some work done during the day. Then went to a meeting of my local Anti-Cut Alliance in Lewisham. These are springing up all over the country and represent a grass roots resistance to the government's slash and burn policies. Why can't the TUC be coordinating strike action as they are elsewhere in Europe?

QMUL against cuts – protest
12pm Wednesday 29 September
Library Square, Mile End campus QMUL

QMUL against cuts – meeting
5pm Thursday 30 September
Room 113, Francis Bancroft Building
Mile End campus QMUL

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