Not in our name: Bloomsbury day of action against evictions and poor work conditions at universities
On Wednesday 28 November, UCL Council will discuss the university’s proposal for a £1 billion new campus in Stratford. This would mean demolishing Carpenters Estate 300 families currently live. The residents of the estate have rejected the plan. The student union has rejected the plan. Academics at UCL – including at the Urban Lab – have rejected the plan. Yet UCL Council have shown no signs that they are listening to the students, staff and communities to whom they are – or should be – accountable. On 28 November at 2.30pm, a demonstration will take place to draw attention to the unacceptable sacrifice of 300 families’ homes and communities in the name of UCL.
On the same day, Princess Anne is visiting Senate House to mark Foundation Day, the annual celebration of the University of London’s first charter in 1836. Yet, the University of London continues to employ and contract cleaners at Senate House without sick pay, pensions or holidays beyond the statutory minimum. On 28 November at 6pm, student unions and trade unions across the University of London’s constituent colleges are standing up to decry this injustice.
In our names, universities are bulldozing and impoverishing communities. University management continue to be unresponsive to the students, staff and communities to whom they should be accountable. Evicting 300 families from their homes and community demonstrates the urgent need to democratise our universities. Universities must listen and respond to students, staff and communities, and act in the public good rather than as if they were private businesses and developers
Join the 28 November Bloomsbury demonstrations!
Save Carpenters Estate demo: 2.30pm-4pm, UCL Quad
Justice for Cleaners demo: 6pm, Senate House