The 12 June 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the arrest and subsequent deportation of 9 of our colleagues, SOAS cleaners and UNISON members.
The cleaners, working at the time for the outsourced company ISS, were called in for an early morning staff meeting in the G2 Lecture Theatre (now the DLT).
The meeting was actually a cover for a UK Border Agency raid.
9 SOAS cleaners were handcuffed in the lecture theatre and subsequently deported by UKBA.
The deportation of the SOAS 9 by the UK state was done at the behest of the private company with the full knowledge and complicity of the SOAS Management.
The real reason these workers were targeted like this was that they stood up and had begun to organise to improve their working lives.
Please join the Justice for Workers (J4W) campaign to commemorate the SOAS 9 and to hold firm in our commitment to worker justice and no raids.
J4W are holding a panel discussion to explore the connections between precarious work and the government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy and to understand how those already at the margins are being punished, both historically and particularly under COVID-19. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted migrant and BAME communities, while the labour of these groups is more likely to be essential and pose risk of exposure.
List of speakers include:
Consuelo Moreno (SOAS UNISON rep & cleaner)
Lenin Escuerdo (SOAS UNISON rep, cleaner & porter)
Maya Goodfellow (Writer, researcher and academic. Author of ‘Hostile Environment’)