On Tuesday 5 November, cleaning, catering and security workers at the University of London begin balloting for strikes.
The strikes are part of the workers’ ongoing campaign for sick pay, holiday, and pensions equality with their directly-employed colleagues.
The workers are members of the Independent Workers’ union of Great Britain (IWGB), and have run the rank-and-file “Tres Cosas” (“Three Things”) campaign since summer 2012.
A demonstration in support of the campaign on Thursday 24 October saw university management surreptitiously film activists before calling the police, who attempted to “kettle” protestors outside the University of London’s Senate House building.
University bosses are continuing their efforts to criminalise and undermine protest and dissent on campus, which has seen an activist arrested and tried for the alleged crime of chalking slogans on university property and, outrageously, assaulting a police officer during her violent arrest. The court proceedings are ongoing.
Workers also face the closure of the Garden Halls accommodation site, which would lead to job cuts.
The strike, which is due for mid-November, will also take up this issue, as well as demanding recognition for the IWGB.