Live blog: #SOASstrike

17:03 – We’ll wrap up the love blog there. Thanks for reading! Do join us on Twitter where we’ll be covering the visit of former Columbian President to Senate House https://mobile.twitter.com/soas_spirit

17:01 –

Unison's rep makes a speech thanking everyone for their solidarity and support. The picket line has dissolved.

Unison’s rep makes a speech thanking everyone for their solidarity and support. The picket line has dissolved.

17:00 – The stall selling cakes for the Justice for Cleaners strike fund has raised £123

16:29 – Co-President Leah Edwards has launched a petition calling for the School to put docked strike pay into the student hardship fund

16:27 – Apparently SOAS canteen took just £70 today

14:33 – UCU Branch President Nadje al-Ali thanks students for their support and says its what makes teaching at SOAS so worthwhile

14:29 – I’m guessing Paul Webley won’t be very keen on this banner…

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14:18 – Looking through the window a lecture is taking place in G50, there seems to be about 10 students present. According to the timetable that’s a lecture on post-war Japanese society.

14:16 –

Our neighbours at Birkbeck have a decent crowd on their picketi line

Our neighbours at Birkbeck have a decent crowd on their picketi line

13:15 – Going by how few bikes there are in the racks outside there can’t be many staff and students here. Only a small trickle have gone into the building through out the day.

12:54 – Georgie Robertson, Campaigns Officer, tells me the Union will be raising the issue of docked wages being paid into the hardship wound with the School

12:43 –

The picket line outside SOAS earlier

The picket line outside SOAS earlier

12:41 – We’re expecting most of the students currently on the picket line to join a demonstration shortly, but before then let’s update you in the day so far.

– lecturers and support staff at SOAS, and universities across the country, are taking strike action over pay

– Around 50 staff and students are gathered outside the main building and there are picket lines at Vernon Square, the Faber Building and the Language Centre

– Lecturers have given teach-outs on the Steps on topics such as austerity, queer feminism and global protest movements

– UCU Branch President Nadje Al-Ali has reveiled that SOAS isn’t puting strikers’ docked wages into the student hardship fund, as was previously thought

12:34 – Hi, it’s Tom King, News Editor, bringing you updates on the staff strike at SOAS.

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