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Statement from the University of London occupation

An independent network of over 100 students is occupying the headquarters of the University of London at Senate House. We can be contacted at londonoccupation@gmail.com and 07754768945 We have taken over the main management corridor and the Vice Chancellor’s office in opposition to the way our university is being run and the way the higher … Continue reading

Open letter from Sonia Chura (IWGB) to the Vice Chancellor

Dear Professor Sir Adrian, As Vice-Chair of the University of London branch of the IWGB, the largest union among the University’s outsourced workers, I am writing to request a meeting to discuss the issues of holidays, sick pay and pensions. As you will be well aware, the majority of the outsourced workers at the University, currently … Continue reading


BIRKBECK: LISTEN TO YOUR CLEANERS! OCEAN: NO MORE CORRUPTION! A whole ‘Ocean’ of things are happening here at Birkbeck College, University of London: abuses that can only be executed by a company that lacks moral and ethical values. For them, and for the University, money comes first and human beings last. This is why we, … Continue reading

Robinson’s resignation letter from Unison

This is the resignation letter of Robinson, one of the Senate House cleaners. For background see https://bloomsburyfightback.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/unison-vs-the-workers/ and for another speech by Robinson see https://bloomsburyfightback.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/robinsons-speech-we-are-not-frightened-by-the-difficulties-we-are-not-daunted-by-threats-we-will-not-surrender/ On the 10th of April, 2013, I received an email from X on behalf of UNISON Senate House Branch. In this email I was notified of my position of steward … Continue reading

UNISON vs the Workers

Last week, Unison declared the University of London branch election null and void. The cancellation of this election is an attack on the 3 Cosas campaign, and the workers whose courage has been an inspiration to activists across London. Over the past few years, the outsourced cleaners of the University of London have been at … Continue reading

How the University of London used the police to try and discredit the cleaners’ campaign

Three weeks ago, on February 5th, the 3 Cosas Campaign held a protest at Senate House, University of London. The demonstration was called by outsourced workers from across Bloomsbury colleges, demanding ‘3 things’: pensions, sick pay and holidays in line with that received by in-house staff. The demonstration followed months of flyering and petitioning across campus, … Continue reading

Housing Speculation, Student Debt, Fees and Dispossession: a 21st Century Love Story – Communique concerning UCL Stratford

Cross-posted from the Imaginary Party CLOEWG. There are several questions we have all been asking over these last few years: Where will we live? How will we be able to afford such expensive rent in London? How will we find jobs that pay enough to enjoy ourselves and live in comfort? When will we pay back our student debt? How? We must … Continue reading

Pear Shaped for the Future? Report from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

During the Summer term the largest and possibly angriest meeting of UCU members took place at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Many new members were present as they had been scared into joining by the Schools “In Shape for the future” presentations on Black Friday (30th March). In spite of claiming … Continue reading

Not in our name: Bloomsbury day of action against evictions and poor work conditions at universities

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 … Continue reading

Gove not welcome at the Institute of Education

Here’s a report from an IoE student, about last week’s demo against Michael Gove, Tory minister in charge of destroying the UK’s schools. Having seen the protest posted on facebook, I went along last Saturday fuelled by hatred for Michael Gove, pleased to go and meet fellow haters and share my disgust that he would … Continue reading