We, the outsourced workers responsible for cleaning, security and maintenance at the University of London, are striking next week on the 27th, 28th and 29th January. We are striking for our union, the IWGB, to be recognised by our employers, Cofely GDZ Suez, to be entitled to the same sick pay, holidays and pensions as directly employed University staff, and also for assurances from the University that we won’t lose our jobs as a result of the student halls of residence – the Garden Halls – being closed this summer.
We feel picketing is very important, and if you can spare some time to come down to support our strike, it will help immensely. Bring your solidarity, love and warmth.
Here are our plans for the three day strike:
DAY 1: MASS PICKETING FROM 6 AM!
We want as many supporters, students and others to come down to support us! We will begin pickets at 6 am at the main Russell Square entrance to Senate House. To find you way, click here.
The first day is crucial to having an impact on the University and explaining why the strike is happening to colleagues, but also for boosting confidence! Please come down!
DAY 2: TOUR OF LONDON!
On the second strike day, from 9.30 am, the entire picket line will board an open top bus and do a whistle-stop tour of high profile sites throughout London, including national media outlets and places of particular interest to the University of London and Cofely. This will be followed by a contingent of supporters on bikes. Bring your bike along to follow the moving bus picket!
Importantly, we will still be maintaining pickets at the University!
DAY 3: MASS PICKETING! SOLIDARITY WITH THE NATIONAL STUDENT MEETING!
We will be continuing the strike picket lines at Senate House from 6 am.
Workers from the campaign will also be going to Birmingham to link up with students and staff from across the country to protest and develop national demands for ours and similar campaigns.
On each of the strike days workers at the University of London will be producing a daily strike bulletin through ‘Open Book’ – this will be to share news, counter management myths and give updates on the strike. See the current bulletin in the lead up to the strike:
As well as coming down to the picket lines, how can you support the strike?
1. Contribute to our strike fund: http://donate.3cosascampaign.com/
2. Pass a motion in your trade or students’ union or community group, info here: https://3cosascampaign.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/model-motion-support-for-the-outsourced-university-of-london-workers-3-cosas-campaign/
3. Invite us to speak at a meeting to spread word of our campaign: https://3cosascampaign.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/a-national-speaker-tour-3-cosas-the-university-of-london-struggle-and-beyond/