University College London Union

Campaigns for Term 1

The four term 1 campaigns that will be run by UCL students with Union funding and support are set out below. Each campaign has been assigned a week in term 1 to run their activities so keep your eyes peeled for them during November and December.

If you would like to get involved with any of these campaigns or if you would like to know more, please contact uclu-campaigns@ucl.ac.uk.

Rights in Work & Living Wage Campaign

It has been 14 months since UCL made a vague committment to paying the London Living Wage to its employees. This has still has not been implemented and UCL sub-contracted cleaning and catering staff are still being paid poverty wages and having their hours dramatically cut in effective pay cuts.

To put pressure on management, who have no excuse to delay or avoid paying the LLW, we are having a UCLU sponsored campaign week (21-25 Nov) and we need your support.

You can find the Facebook event here.

There are many activities to get involved with:

Monday 21st November, 7pm- London Living Wage Information Session & Social in the Print Room Cafe

Come along if you want to find out more about the Living Wage, the campaign at UCL, and to get involved. All welcome especially Spanish speakers! Drink and nibbles provided.

Tuesday 22nd - Workers’ Rights Forum
Are you working while you’re a student? Are you a Postgrad working for UCL? Planning to get a job in the future? Then come along and find out your rights at work, ask any questions, and meet other workers. With representatives from the successful Living Wage campaigns at SOAS, Senate House and Guildhall.1-4pm in 204 Bloomsbury Building or 6-8pm in Foster Court 218, whichever suits you better.

Thursday 24th, 8pm - Film Screening, “Nightcleaners” with a discussion afterwards with the director, Humphry Trevelyan, in Gustave Tuck LT.
‘Nightcleaners’ is a documentary made by members of the Berwick Street Collective, about the campaign to unionize the women who cleaned office blocks at night and who were being victimized and underpaid. It is increasingly recognised as a key work of the 1970s and as an important precursor, in both subject matter and form, to current political art practice.

Friday 25th, 1pm - Demonstration in the quad at lunchtime
UCL, follow the example of other colleges in Bloomsbury, and pay the living wage now! The workers shouldn’t have to wait any longer!

Sign the petition to demand the living wage now.
And like the Facebook page.
There’s a blog too.

We look forward to seeing you next week and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions!

Union campaign wastefulness awareness campaign

To raise awareness about the general impact and expense of running campaigns at UCLU, and what that money could otherwise be spent on, either in a union or college context. This would include discussing the inconvenience of the results of previous campaigns, such as the contents of the union shop, and the investment portfolio of the college. The campaign would consist of speaker events, youtube videos and quad demonstrations. Flyers would also be distributed to try and gain traction within the student body and reinforce the message.

RAG Week

RAG raises money for numerous deserving charities throughout the year by running a significant number of events and activities. We are aiming to raise the profile of RAG considerably next year and we feel that with the union’s help and by having a campaign week, this will be possible. Some new events are bing added to this year’s RAG week, including a Formal Dinner and Firewalking event, giving the girls a chance to dress up and the guys to show how manly they are! These events will take place alongside the usual RAG pub quiz, Endurance and a trip to another city in the UK to do some good old fashioned raiding!

Vegetarian Week: Eat cheaper, eat better, eat healthier

Students generally wouldn’t exactly be the next winners of Masterchef – beans on toast, Subway at 3a.m. and drinking down 4000 calories a night in alcohol with a fry-up in the morning is the usual order of business. However, you can eat cheaper, to a better quality and more healthily too by choosing a vegetarian diet. You will help the environment as well! This week we will have talks about the benefits of vegetarianism, film screenings, activities, all of which will have free food, and a cooking class. And of course lunch sales (cakes, pizza, sandwiches, curry, burritos, pasta dishes…) will show you the most awesome part of being a vegetarian or being vegan – the FOOD!