Reinstate victimised SOAS Unison Branch Secretary, Sandy Nicoll
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On Wednesday 28th October 2015 Sandy Nicoll, a long standing and steadfast activist and trade unionist, was suspended by SOAS management on grounds of alleged gross misconduct.
The allegations are not only false but have been fabricated in an attempt to victimise him and undermine the trade union support for the student's occupation of SOAS against massive cuts and course closures.
Sandy Nicoll has worked tirelessly at SOAS for over 21 years during which time he has represented and supported thousands of mainly low paid support staff in the Higher Education sector and beyond, who have been routinely underpaid and badly treated.
He has also been a key activist in the 'Justice for Cleaners' campaign that has lifted the mainly migrant cleaners from poverty wages to the London Living Wage as well as other significant gains.
SOAS claims to strive to create an atmosphere of community, collegiality and co-operation. However, attacking students' rights to protest, suspending trade union representatives and treating cleaners like second class workers is hardly conducive to achieving such aims.
The protest and solidarity by hundreds of students, staff, teachers and supporters has already resulted in SOAS University being shut for the day in response to Sandy's suspension.
An injury to one is an injury to all.
Please sign this petition to tell SOAS management that we will not tolerate this victimisation and to demand Sandy's immediate and unconditional reinstatement.
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