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LSE academic arrested in university cleaners´ strike


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Dr Lisa McKenzie, a research fellow at the London School of Economics, was arrested on Wednesday 15th of March on suspicion of common assault during a protest.

A group of cleaners from the university conducted a strike to protest their pay and working conditions, during which Dr McKenzie was arrested. She has since been released on bail until May 6th.

The cleaners are outsourced from another company and they are protesting not having the same sick pay, maternity pay and pensions as members of staff who are employed by the university.

A  group called Justice for LSE Cleaners, consisting of staff and students supporting the campaign, staged a protest where they occupied a university meeting room. Several of the university's academics spoke at this protest.

The protest was brought to an end by the university's security team sawing through the door of the occupied room. A video of this was uploaded to the Justice for LSE Cleaner's Facebook page where they stated that the security staff showed intimidating behaviour and that they decided to leave after this. 

Dr McKenzie was arrested in 2015 and wrongly charged for three offences. Protesters have said that they witnessed no violence on her behalf at this protest and that they believe the arrest was politically motivated. Her research covers the British working class and class inequality. 

Lead image by Umezo KAMATA.

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