Film screening: Limpiadores + discussion of the ‘hostile environment’ in our universities

Date: 5 February 2020
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Place: G.06, 50 George Square


In June 2009, outsourced cleaning staff at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London were invited to an alleged ‘emergency meeting’ where nine of them were detained by immigration officers and subsequently deported. Limpiadores, by director Fernando González Mitjáns (2015, 40 minutes), follows the subsequent Justice for Cleaners Campaign that has been mobilising against casualised working condition and systemic exploitation of migrant workers at SOAS since 2006. From demanding the London Living Wage to ending outsourcing and casualisation of all University workers, the Justice For Cleaners Campaign depicted in Limpiadores has inspired solidarity at SOAS and beyond, with similar campaigns starting at Kings College London and LSE. And yet, ‘La Lucha Continúa!’

Join us for the screening of Limpiadores, followed by a discussion on casualised work and the violence of borders regimes that exist within our academic institutions. The struggle and ongoing campaign portrayed in this movie might prompt us to think about how we can resist these racialised regimes.

This event is co-organised by the Citizens, Nations, and Migration (CNaM) Network at the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the Student-Staff Solidarity Network formed as a response to the 2019 strike action.