Security guards organised through the IWGB grassroots union at the University of London will be out on strike on Tuesday 16th-Wednesday 17th, fighting for fair pay, an end to zero hours contracts and proper payslips. Meanwhile, cleaners at the London School of Economics, organised in the UVW union, will also be out on the 17th, in the latest installment of their long-running dispute demanding equal treatment with other members of staff. These two groups of workers, fighting parallel struggles in different trades, at different workplaces, and through different unions, will be marching together from one workplace to the other on the morning of the 17th, and anyone in the London area who’s free that day should definitely think about trying to get down there.
Further ahead, towards the end of the month, on May 26th Feminist Fightback will be hosting a film showing of Waging a Living, a film about a previous UVW dispute that won pay rises for cleaners at the Barbican, and a discussion and short film about the current LSE strike, and then the evening after that the IWGB and UVW will be holding a joint summer fiesta, if anyone fancies having a drink and a dance with some of the capital’s best-organised militant workers. For more information about the two disputes, or to contribute to their respective strike funds, go here for the UoL security guards, or here for the LSE cleaners.