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Posted on 10 June 2014 at 11:43 GMT

Pics: 3Cosas strike, London

3Cosas strike, London, 10.6.14, photo by Tom Baldwin

3Cosas strike, London, 10.6.14, photo by Tom Baldwin   (Click to enlarge)

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3Cosas strike, London, 10.6.14, photo by Paula Mitchell

3Cosas strike, London, 10.6.14, photo by Paula Mitchell   (Click to enlarge)

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3Cosas strike, London, 10.6.14, photo by Paula Mitchell

3Cosas strike, London, 10.6.14, photo by Paula Mitchell   (Click to enlarge)

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Press release on 3rd June from Independent Workers of Great Britain

Contact: Jasonmoyer-lee@iwgb.org.uk or 07922810798

Twitter: @3CosasCampaign

FIVE DAYS OF STRIKE ACTION OVER JOB LOSSES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON GARDEN HALLS

Members of the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain (IWGB) at the University of London have voted 100% in favour of strike action over the loss of more than 80 jobs at the Garden Halls, student halls of residence near King's Cross.

The IWGB has served notice of five days of industrial action against the two main outsourcing companies at the University - Cofely which runs cleaning, portering, security, and maintenance services, and Aramark which employs catering staff.

The strike will begin on Friday 6 June and will continue from Monday 9 June to Thursday 12 June.

The university is set to refurbish its halls from the end of June. The process will last around two years and current workers are at risk of redundancy.

Many of the workers under threat of redundancy have been the most active in the 3 Cosas Campaign for Sick Pay, Holidays and Pensions.

The campaign recently won improved sick pay and holiday pay after a high-profile strike in November 2013.

The IWGB is demanding:

The IWGB is building a strike fund to compensate workers taking strike action and is calling on support and solidarity from other trade unions, students' unions and the wider labour movement.

In the run-up to the strike, student activists at the University of London Union (ULU) have occupied Cofely's head offices at Angel in Islington, London, and the company's prestigious contract providing building services at the Shard near London Bridge.

Sonia Chura, a Garden Halls (Cofely) worker and Vice-Chair of the University of London branch of the IWGB said:

"The workers who have been most active in the 3 Cosas campaign are on the verge of losing their jobs.

"This is the fault of Cofely and the University of London who have consistently refused to negotiate with us or to accommodate the workers.

"We're striking in order to continue working. We have been serving the university for many years and this is the thanks we get - being thrown out on the street".

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