PROTESTERS TO DEFY UNIVERSITY BAN ON PROTEST

PRESS RELEASE
University of London Union

24/09/2013

Contact: daniel.cooper@ulu.lon.ac.uk or 07840136728

Twitter: @3CosasCampaign

PROTESTERS TO DEFY UNIVERSITY BAN ON PROTEST

Low-paid workers and students at the University of London have called a mass demonstration for October 24th to put pressure on the university to improve working conditions and stop job cuts in halls of residence.

In July, the University management sent a letter to the student union threatening to call the police if any further protests took place on the campus next to Russell Square. [1]

Anita Fry, a history student at the University, said: “The university believes that calling the police will stop us protesting against the inhumane conditions which the cleaners are forced to work under. But such threats have only hardened our resolve.”

The ‘3 Cosas Campaign’ – meaning ‘3 Things’ in Spanish, the first language of the majority of low-paid workers at the University, is demanding sickpay, holidays and pensions for all employees. [2] In June, a philosophy student was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage for writing a chalk slogan outside the university library. [3]]

Sonia Chura, halls of residence cleaners and Vice President of the IWGB union at the University of London said: “Despite the University’s threats against its workers and students, we will continue to fight for these basic human rights.”

ULU Vice President Daniel Cooper said: “The campaign has gone from strength to strength in the last year, and is now one of the most exciting and creative industrial disputes in the country. This term will see a rolling programme of protests, parties and possible strike action over the closure of the one of the student halls [4].

“University management should hear the message loud and clear. We’re back for another term and we will not stop until we are victorious.”

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Contact: daniel.cooper@ulu.lon.ac.uk or 07840136728

Twitter: @DLC…

NOTES FOR EDITORS

[1] http://www.independent.co.uk/student/university-of-london-bans-student-protests-8740462.html

[2] https://3cosascampaign.wordpress.com/

[3] http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/police-accused-of-disproportionate-force-at-ulu-chalking-arrest-8713380.html

[4] http://felixonline.co.uk/news/3441/protest-over-garden-closure/

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