Solidarity with deported cleaners


This video from London, England, says about itself:

SOAS May 1st 2007

George Galloway speaks at May Day Protest at School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Contact Johnny Darlington jd33@soas.ac.uk for further information.

From Socialist Unity blog in Britain:

15 June, 2009

SOAS in occupation

Filed under: racism, migrant workers — Louise @ 12:49 pm

Students are occupying SOAS over the deportation of cleaners.

Please show your solidarity by emailing: freesoascleaners@googlemail.com

List of demands include:

1. We call on the directorate to request the secretary of state to immediately release the detainees and to prevent the deportation of the three cleaners who are still in detention in the UK.
2. For the directorate to release a public statement condemning what has happened to the SOAS cleaners and calling for their immediate release and return.
3. To campaign for the return of the cleaners who have already been deported.
4. To bring all contract staff in house. SOAS should not use contractors, ISS or others.
5. To keep immigration officers from entering campus under ANY circumstances or other forms of collaboration with immigration or police. Universities are for education not for state violence and oppression.
6. A year’s wage as reparations for all detained and deported staff.
7. To hold accountable SOAS managers who were complicit in facilitating the raid and detention of the cleaners, refusing to aid a sick worker and a pregnant woman.
8. To reinstate Jose Stalin Bermudez, the SOAS UNISON branch chair.
9. To respect the right to organise in Trade Unions unimpeded.
10. To provide space and resources for a public meeting to build support for the SOAS 9 and other migrants, in education and beyond, affected by immigration control and racism.
11. Amnesty for all those involved.

One of the detained cleaners today stated, “We’re honest people not animals. We are just here to earn an honest living for our families. SOAS management are being unfair.”

This video is called SOAS Students Occupy Director’ Office in Protest at Racist Deportations of Cleaning staff – 15 June.

The EU sub-contracts its war against immigrants: here.

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