Equality for St. George's University security guards

Equality for St. George's University security guards

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Cetin Avsar started this petition to St. George's University of London and

I work as a security guard at St. George’s, University of London (SGUL). Me and my colleagues keep the campus safe and secure for everyone, but on the 13th January 2020 we started our first round of strikes. We can no longer accept the treatment and working conditions that we are subjected to.

We are stuck with poverty pay, a lack of sick pay, meagre holidays and pensions, and denied basic facilities. We are excluded from all the benefits and experiences that SGUL staff receive.  

SGUL is one of the most prestigious universities in the country and shares the property with St. George’s Hospital, one of the country’s principal teaching hospitals. 

Yet, despite working on the same grounds as a hospital and patients who are sick and vulnerable, we receive no contractual sick pay. This means we simply can’t afford to take a sick day, which not only damages our health but also jeopardizes the health of students, staff and patients we come into contact with.

Many of us have worked at SGUL for years, yet we are not considered worthy of being university staff. Instead, we are outsourced to Noonan Services, a multinational corporation that made €11.56 million in profit last year. We are given significantly inferior pay to SGUL staff, and the minimum that Noonan can legally get away with. This is especially distressing given that the university's own report in 2015 confirmed that in-housing was not only possible, but was likely to save money. 

We struggle to survive in London and our pay and conditions are not the only problems. Because we are not considered equal to SGUL staff, we have no changing facilities or lockers to keep our possessions. We have to change into our uniforms in the control room, where just about anyone could walk in.

This is why we joined the trade union United Voices of the World, who have shown us that we do not need to accept the way Noonan and SGUL treat us. They have taught us that we can stand up and fight back, especially given their successful campaign to in-house LSE cleaners from Noonan at the London School of Economics in 2017. With your help, we can win.

Please sign our petition for fair pay and better working conditions.

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