Cleaners at the London School of Economics went on strike against poor working conditions on the 15th and 16th of March. This is the first strike by non-academic staff in the 126 year history of the world-renowned institution. Outsourced cleaners from Noonan Services were striking for the same benefits
(pension, sick leave) as in-house staff and complained of intimidation by LSE Management, a claim which has been denied by the institution. The strike received overwhelming support from local MPs, students and LSE staff and comes in the wake of similar agitations by outsourced cleaners at King’s and SOAS over the past year. The LSE cleaners, represented by United Voices of the World Union, are currently negotiating with LSE for a better deal.
3 April 2017 | Manisha Ganguly