Wednesday, 5 March 2014

All eyes on SOAS UNISON's Justice for Cleaners campaign

For those of you not able to get to show support in person and be inspired by the SOAS strike over the last two days, there are loads more fantastic photos on their facebook page.

Another HE Branch secretary asked me where to send their cheque as a branch donation, and the answer is:

Cheques payable to 'UNISON SOAS', send it to UNISON Branch Secretary Sandy Nicoll, SOAS, Thornhaugh St. Russell Square, London WC1H 0XH

London Met Uni UNISON Branch Committee did a quick whip-round as a solidarity gesture and matched the funds from our branch account and shared this photo with them (left).

So I brought £96 to their picket lines this morning to donate to their branch hardship fund. They clearly aren't short of bodies (see top) so I didn't need to stay long... but they will soon be short of money if the contractor ISS and their paymasters SOAS dig their heals in.

Yet if every UNISON branch in HE or in London did the same they'd easily have the funds to sustain this fight for as long as it takes.

And it's an important fight that we win so we can see the positive result of organising outsourced workers and taking the fight to the global outsourcing giant.

This really is a David and Goliath story: and the harder they come, the harder they fall. What can you do to help David take on this giant (the revenue for ISS in 2011 was approximately 10.4 billion Euros)?

Make sure you get a donation from your branch if you can - any AGMs still coming up? Do a bucket collection and send your cheques in. We need more victories to celebrate. All eyes on SOAS!

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