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Historic LSE Cleaners’ Strike: Outsourced workers fight segregation

Historic LSE Cleaners’ Strike: Outsourced workers fight segregation

#breakingnews, News, Politics, Specials, Student
For the first time in LSE's 126 year history, cleaners went on a 2-day strike for equal benefits as in-house staff. The demands of the strike highlight the larger problem with outsourcing in UK universities.   Mildred Simpson, 60 years old, has spent the past 16 years trying to keep the London School of Economics spotless. One of the cleaners at the leading research institute into inequalities, she works 11 hours a day, under contract from Noonan Services (a company that outsources cleaning staff to UK universities). Yet the benefits she receives are negligible compared to LSE in-house staff- 1% pension, no sick pay for the first 3 days- and workload that has cost her a knee. So she's on strike.   https://youtu.be/De91vv-EoOk The conditions of the strike, i.e., th
The Casey Review: Can the report teach us anything new about our schools?

The Casey Review: Can the report teach us anything new about our schools?

Politics, ReportingWeek2
To the rest of the world, being British is defined by loving tea and having an unrivaled ability to queue. But recently, the term ‘British values’ has been used as a means to overcome growing racial segregation in the UK. Last week, the publication of the Casey Review saw the government come under criticism for its failure to promote social integration. During a year-long investigation, commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron, Dame Louise Casey discovered that the lack of racial integration is still a big problem in British schools. As of January 2016, 31.4 per cent of primary and 27.9 per cent secondary pupils are from ethnic minorities. However, 50 per cent of these students are attending schools where ethnic minorities are the majority. These figures suggest that the
More diversity in 2017, promises Brit Awards chairman

More diversity in 2017, promises Brit Awards chairman

Culture, Listen, Music, Social media, Watch
Next year’s edition of the Brit Awards will see more black and ethnic representation, Brits chairman Ged Doherty has said. Last week’s event received widespread criticism for failing to give black music its due recognition and for ignoring the achievements of black artists. The controversy even led to creation of the Oscar-style hashtag #BritsSoWhite, which was soon trending on social media. Great to chat to @Trelowe & @bignarstie about #BritsSoWhite on @5_News To.... https://t.co/Hpn7CllkU3 pic.twitter.com/peSTMgwgkr — Matt Barbet (@MattBarbet) 24 February 2016 Responding to the controversy, Doherty has written an open letter to the Guardian, in which he has promised to change the makeup of the 1,100-strong voting academy. At present, he suspects “ it is largely white an

UK: Increase in Islamophobia

Politics, Uncategorized
 The rise in Islamophobic hate crimes has been compared to the 1930's antisemitism.    A recent survey published by the Metropolitan Police reveals an increase in racial, religious and Islamophobic hate crimes in London. Figures show that Islamophobic crimes have increased by 41.8% in a year. According to Islamic societies factors that stimulated such hate crimes are the Syrian refugee crisis, UK airstrikes and Paris bombings, which took place 13th November 2015.                   Organisations such as Stand Up To Racism, tell MAMA (measuring anti-Muslim attacks) and The Refugee Welcome Board have stressed their concerns on the hate crime, which is spreading across the country. Zabi Dalu, Stan
Women leading the way in fight against racism in football

Women leading the way in fight against racism in football

News, Sport
A new Women’s Super League season kicks off in March. Kait Borsay looks at whether the women’s game has the same issues with racism as its male counterpart, after two incidents of racism from Chelsea fans were reported in just one week. Reporter: Kait Borsay Sub-editor: Sonal Gupta The women’s game, set to gain more exposure this summer with the Women's World Cup in Canada, does not suffer at the hands of racism like its male counterpart. Kick it Out, the anti-discrimination body, told Westminster World they “haven't had any incidents of racism within women or girls football at any level this season.” In a month where Chelsea fans have seen their first piece of silverware since the return of Jose Mourinho, supporters of the club have been tainted by accusations of racism. Film fo
Anti-racism group highlights rise in online Islamophobia

Anti-racism group highlights rise in online Islamophobia

International, News
An anti-racism group has called on the European Parliament to tackle anti-Muslim posts and comments on social media. The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) warned that tackling Islamophobia is as urgent as fighting anti-Semitism on the internet.  Reporter: Hussein Abdel Fattah. Sub Editor: Hayley Daen. Although the Muslim community in London condemned the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris and the actions of Mohammed Emwazi (identified as 'Jihadi John'), increasingly Muslims are on the receiving end of online abuse. Anti-racism groups have said that Facebook and Twitter are refusing to take down hundreds of inflammatory Islamophobic postings from across their sites despite being alerted to the content. Claire Fernandez, deputy director of the (ENAR), stated in a letter to the Eu