EXCLUSIVE: Goldsmiths have built a WALL to keep campaigners out of its new art gallery
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Goldsmiths uni has erected a wooden wall in order to stop student campaigners from demonstrating outside its new Centre for Contemporary Art Gallery. The wall was erected between the CCA Gallery and the Ben Pimlott Building. The first protest by the group Justice for Cleaners - Goldsmiths is scheduled for 8.30am on Thursday, 6th September. They plan on disrupting a media showcase of the exhibition in the gallery. A second, larger, protest, with over 200 marked as "going" on Facebook, is scheduled for 5.30pm on Friday, 7th September, on the gallery's opening night. The campaign group is protesting the opening of the CCA Gallery, which will not display the work of students, in order to protest the outsourcing of Goldsmiths' cleaning services to ISS. Cleaners at Goldsmiths have given harrowing testimony about their working conditions, including a recent restructuring that has cut their hours, increased their workload, and affected their performance. One cleaner expressed concerns about the hours she was required to work, saying: "I have a major safety issue when leaving work. I finish work at 11.30pm and get home an hour later. I’m scared to travel so late because I am a Muslim woman with a big hijab on."
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