Support Leicester Square School of English Workers – Picket this Saturday


Support the workers at the Leicester Square School of English. The owner, Craig Tallents, closed down the school without notice, owing staff thousands of pounds in unpaid wages.

On top of this, LSSE management literally left students out in the cold. Having not been told of the school’s decision to close, newly arrived international students came to the school on Monday morning, having already paid for and been promised accommodation that LSSE management knew they would no longer be in a position to provide. Luckily, occupying teachers were their to help them out, but LSSE management were perfectly happy to leave these vulnerable students stranded in central London.

In response to these injustices, staff occupied the school and have organised a campaign to secure their rightful wages. So far, they caused the owner, Craig Tallents, to resign from the posh Bancroft’s School and have caused him to take down the website of his company, Asparagus Management Consulting.

For the next stage of the campaign, a picket is planned for this Saturday, the 17th of January. Further information about the dispute can be found here:

http://libcom.org/blog/struggle-leicester-square-school-english-story-so-far-15012015 

PICKET AT LEICESTER SQUARE SCHOOL OF ENGLISH

When: 11:30am until 2:00pm on Saturday 17th Jan
Where: 22 Leicester Square, WC2H 7LE (map – https://goo.gl/maps/JeBKl )

Background:

Over the Christmas holiday, The Leicester Square School of English permanently shut down without informing staff or students.

This means that staff – most of whom were on illegal “self-employed” contracts – have been left without the holiday and notice pay to which they are legally entitled.

On top of this, Craig Tallents, the owner, allowed newly arrived international students to show up on Monday morning to a closed school. LSSE management has accepted their payment for accommodation and lessons, both of which LSSE management knew they would no longer be in a position to provide.

Luckily, the teachers – who were occupying the school – were there to help out. But Craig was more than happy to leave these vulnerable students stranded in Central London without the accommodation they’d already paid for.

In their fight for justice, the teachers have joined the Industrial Workers of World. With their support and solidarity, staff occupied the school. As result of a previous actions, Craig was forced to resign from the posh Bancroft school where he was a governor. A subsequent phone and email campaign forced him to take down the website of his company “Asparagus Consulting”.

Picket organised and supported by:

The Industrial Workers of the World: www.iww.org.uk

The Angry Language Brigade: http://libcom.org/blog/angry-language-brigade

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