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Security staff at London University plan industrial action in pay row

14 April, 2017 — By George Engels

Senate House is one of the buildings likely to be affected by the action

SECURITY officers will walk out of University of London buildings dem­anding higher pay and an end to zero-hour contracts.

This week the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain sent the notice of industrial action to The Cordant Group, which provides security for the university’s adminis­tration buildings in Bloomsbury. The union claims that “while the pay of other workers at the university has increased in recent years, that of security officers has stagnated” and that the university has broken a pledge made in 2011 to maintain pay differentials between workers.

“We are determined to take industrial action, which has been caused by the university breaking their promise,” said security officer and IWGB representative Abdul Bakhsh.

A statement from Cordant said: “We believe working conditions for our security teams are advantageous as compared to the wider security industry. Should strike action go ahead Cordant has contingencies in place to ensure the operation of the university continues as usual”.

The action, set for April 25, will affect Senate House, Stewart House, the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Student Central, the Warburg Institute and five halls of residence.

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