Marking boycott gets the go ahead

Academic staff will boycott marking coursework and exams in an escalation of their dispute over pay if employers don’t engage in negotiations, the University and Colleges Union (UCU) has announced. UCU has given the University and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), the body which represents SOAS and other university employers, until April 28th to engage in […]

Cleaners protest on the steps for improved conditions

SOAS cleaners vote for strike action

Cleaners working at SOAS have voted in favour of taking strike action over their sick pay, holiday pay and pensions, their union, UNISON, has said. According to UNISON, 100% of cleaners voted “yes” in the three week-long postal ballot on a turnout of 62%. The cleaners are outsourced to facilities management firm ISS and as […]

Met pay out £40,000 after “inconsistent” police claims

Tom King, BA Politics The Metropolitan Police have paid £40,000 in compensation after “shocking” inconsistencies in police accounts of arrests at a tuition fee protest at SOAS in 2011. Ashok Kumar and Simon Behrman were wrestled to the grounded and arrested by police at a demonstration prompted by a visit from Universities Minister David Willetts and […]

ULU Referendum Extended

Students can now vote in the referendum on the future of ULU until 7th February, after union officers decided to extend the deadline for colleges to organise ballots. The decision was taken after several colleges failed to hold the referendum by 12th December, the original deadline. Michael Chessum, ULU President, explained that “it would clearly […]

Complaints over SOAS caterers’ casual contracts

Caterers Elior are at the heart of a new scandal over the treatment of outsourced workers at SOAS after whistleblowers revealed a catalogue of complaints to The SOAS Spirit. Elior employs a number of workers at SOAS on precarious casual contracts, where workers have no guaranteed hours per week and lack a stable income. The […]

Goodbye, Tata Madiba

By Sabeehah Motala, LLB Law   On Thursday 5th December, the world lost arguably the most iconic politician that ever lived. Mr Mandela – a leader, father of a nation, revolutionary, freedom-fighter, boxer and lawyer – passed away in the comfort of his home in Johannesburg, South Africa. The anti-Apartheid hero has found eternal peace, […]