Mainly Colombian and Ecuadorian women, who start work at 4am, the SOAS cleaners are ever under threat of shift cuts. The temperatures in the empty lecture halls are often freezing. And if they get sick? Their transnational facilities agency gets paid, but they don't.
Now they are fighting back, genuine people power highlighting the hypocrisy of the situation in the UK's beacons of debate and free expression - our universities.
As New Internationalist put it: "At SOAS and elsewhere, great minds theorize about workers’ rights and human rights. The real lesson however, is shown by SOAS activists – whether academic, cleaner or student. It is that the world needs action and unity to challenge structural inequality."