Further demonstration planned today after Sandy Nicholl is suspended over claims he allowed students to occupy SOAS

Pic from @LondonStudent

Pic from @LondonStudent

A petition has been launched calling on the reinstatement of a UNISON steward suspended from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

Nicoll, who has worked in the university’s IT department for 21 years, was suspended pending investigations into claims he allowed students to occupy parts of the SOAS campus. He says the allegations are totally untrue.

Protests against his suspension closed the university yesterday. There are plans for further protests today at 1pm.

The petition says: “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.

“Please sign this petition to tell SOAS management that we will not tolerate this victimisation and to demand Sandy’s immediate and unconditional reinstatement.”

  • You can sign the petition here



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