UCL Provost Prof. Malcolm Grant & Senior Management Team
United Kingdom

As things stand, a significant number of contract staff at University College London receive the national minimum wage, £5.80 per hour, which is simply not enough to survive in London. Other University of London colleges such as SOAS, LSE, Birkbeck and Queen Mary’s have already adopted the London Living Wage (LLW), while UCL lags behind.

Former UCL cleaner Juan Carlos Piedra Benitez was dismissed from his job at UCL by contracted cleaning company Office & General. Recordings exist between Mr Piedra and O&G managers which prove that Mr Piedra’s trade union activity, especially in campaigning for the LLW, played an active role in his dismissal. This is not only unfair, but illegal.

Mr Piedra’s case attests quite clearly to the part that the out-sourcing of jobs plays in ensuring staff receive no better than poverty wages. Further, recent events at SOAS have proven contracting companies’ willingness to collude with UK Borders Agency to set up aggressive immigration raids and deportation programmes against cleaners.

We cannot tolerate poverty wages at UCL and call on the Provost of UCL and his Senior Management Team to ensure that every worker on UCL sites receives terms of employment equal to or better than the full LLW package.

We call on UCL management to see that Mr Piedra is reinstated at UCL on terms equal to those he was on before.

We call on UCL management to revise its trend of out-sourcing and to start bringing all staff back in house to ensure for their well being.

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The Fair treatment for all workers at UCL petition to UCL Provost Prof. Malcolm Grant & Senior Management Team was written by UCL Living Wage Campaign and is in the category Unions at GoPetition.