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Billy backs outsourced university workers

Singer-songwriter shows his support for cleaners, porters, security officers, receptionists, gardeners and post room workers at Senate House protest

27 April, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Billy Bragg at the University of London workers’ demonstration on Tuesday

BILLY Bragg joined a demonstration by more than 100 striking university workers at Senate House.

The singer-songwriter was supporting outsourced cleaners, porters, security officers, receptionists, gardeners and post room workers at the University of London building in Malet Street on Tuesday.

The protest was called by the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) trade union who want staff outsourced to company Cordant to be brought back in-house. IWGB president Henry Chango-Lopez said: “The university would be well advised to heed the demands of the workers and make them direct employees.”

Outsourced workers get worse pensions, holiday pay, sick pay, maternity pay and paternity pay than colleagues. They are statistically more likely to suffer from bullying, discrimination and illegal deduction of wages. The University of London central administration buildings include Senate House, Stewart House, The Warburg institute, The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Student Central, International Hall, College Hall, Connaught Hall, Lilian Penson Hall and Nutford House.

A University of London statement said: “The University has begun a review of the performance of its contracted-out facilities management services and as part of that review we will be discussing with the providers the pay, conditions, benefits and development opportunities for their employees.”

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