Welfare and Campaigns

Ella Spencer

Hi, I'm Ella (she/her), your 2021/22 Welfare & Campaigns Co-President.

I'll be updating my Officer Blog weekly to keep you up to date with what work I am currently engaged in.

If you have any questions about anything, please don't hesitate to email me!

November 2021

Hi everyone! 

October has been hectic but rewarding. We ran freshers events and it was amazing to meet so many students in person and online; my standout moments were the Everything Must Fall screening, the LGBT+ meetup and of course the late licenses, especially the live music and poetry at the start of the night.

Since then, myself & Hisham have been working on the delivery of our consent workshops to all incoming students with our new Enough is Enough coordinator, Heather. Thank you to Heather, Hisham & our facilitators for working tirelessly to make sure those workshops got delivered despite huge setbacks - for example SOAS timetabling students into rooms at 7am instead of the 10am zoom links that we had provided them with! 

My highlight of October was when SOAS finally agreed to implement the cleaning teams' version of the rota after the cleaners threatened to go on strike. This is a big victory as it takes the cleaners a step closer to dignified working conditions and is something that the Justice For Workers campaign had been fighting for since November 2020. You can read more about the victory and the campaign in the latest SOAS Spirit edition here: https://issuu.com/soas_spirit/docs/sn?fbclid=IwAR211ggb_NPkk3R9qCI7H--d7XG52Aq9UOMxr39iK4Wo1B_1_X8q-aSAKsY It has been so exciting to be able to do organising meetings in person and see new faces, and makes me feel hopeful about the year ahead of us! 

Over the last few weeks myself and the other sabbs have been meeting regularly with the campus unions, the UCU and UNISON, to keep updated on the potential upcoming national strike action which UCU is now in the last day of balloting for. UNISON, the professional services union, has a live ballot over a pay dispute (a pay raise from SOAS which was so low that it was a cut in real terms) so they plan to coordinate action with the UCU in term 1 if they are sucessful in their ballot for action. We have organised two forums, one online and one in person, with representatives from the Unions to talk about the reasons they are balloting and give students a chance to ask questions & have any concerns answered. These have been really well attended and we have had exciting discussions that link the problems students & workers are facing together, and identify the root cause as the broken model of marketised & privatised higher education. You can find some resources developed by students on this here: 

Graphic: https://www.canva.com/design/DAEt6iqEOj8/ONguquDuNfLcij7EWOLu6A/view?utm_content=DAEt6iqEOj8&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=publishsharelink

Petition: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTbam17OZB8R3Q5s-QfoshHLuEkdnXB7uB_Do5GyoWBl_D4g/viewform 

Email to management: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/support-soas-striking-staff?source=direct_link&

We will know by the end of this week whether or not the strike is going ahead, and we will be updating students on all of this as soon as we know so stay tuned and as always, reach out to me in the meantime if you want to be involved or have questions or concerns! 





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