The Senate House branch committees of UNISON and UCU recognise that whilst there are strong feelings around the current action and situation at Senate House, the University of London has a long and proud history of associations with activists and protests. The unions state again that they remain strongly in-favour of bringing outsourced workers in-house and continue to negotiate to this end.
The unions do not seek to pass comment regarding the action currently being taken regarding the in-housing of workers at the University of London but again impress upon management to uphold their duties of care to all who work at and visit Senate House.
While the unions note the internal statement provided by the University of London staff regarding the removal of occupants over the weekend, the unions remain concerned over the manner in which this happened.
The unions have repeatedly asked management to provide:
- Guidance to staff involved in security regarding safe and proportional measures to occupation,
- Guidance to all staff regarding health and safety/protocol during occupation,
- Clear instructions to students and visitors regarding expected conduct at Senate House.
The Unions are not aware that any of the above has been provided. We therefore now ask publicly for these to be provided, to keep all who work at and visit Senate House informed and safe.
The Unions again state that we are opposed to violent and threatening conduct from any group or individual(s) towards those working at or visiting Senate House and would like to understand what management did to both protect the health and safety of staff and occupants, and de-escalate the recent student occupations and protest.