Oxford fight for a living wage

Submitted by martin on 15 January, 2009 - 1:26 Author: Dan Rawnsley

In December a group of students, University workers and local trade unionists gathered outside Balliol college to protest against the poverty wages cleaners, porters and other low paid workers receive there.

The demonstration was around a hundred strong in one of the busiest streets in central Oxford and illustrated the unity and strength of our campaign. The college is coming to the end of a review process over implementing a living wage. We don’t place a great deal of hope in Oxford dons solving workers’ issues in the college, which centre not only around wages, but around treatment in the workplace and issues of respect. However, whatever the outcome of the review, our campaign is solid and, thanks to the action, growing, with further demonstrations being planned.

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