A public protest is now scheduled for 4.30, this is great way for Refugee Week to start. Real action to support migrants!
Speakers to be confirmed.
All media welcome
Many staff will also be there.
see freesoascleaners.blogspot.com for more and details of the occupation!
Students and allies at the University of London’s School of School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) have occupied the university today to protest against managers’ attacks on migrant workers.
Nine cleaners from the university were taken into detention after a dawn raid by immigration police on Friday.
Five have already been deported, and the others could face deportation within days. One has had a suspected heart attack and was denied access to medical assistance and even water. One was over 6 months pregnant. Many have families who have no idea of their whereabouts.
The cleaners won the London Living Wage and trade union representation after a successful “Justice for Cleaners” campaign that united workers of all backgrounds and student activists.
Activists believe the raid is managers’ “revenge” for the campaign.