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JEREMY CORBYN joined university picket lines today in solidarity with striking workers and those campaigning for improved holiday and sick pay.
Speaking on the steps of the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas), the Labour leader stood with striking University and College Union (UCU) members at neighbouring University College London (UCL).
He was also joined by porters and cleaners at Soas, who are campaigning for improved holiday and sick pay.
The Labour leader told the crowd that he “quite simply but extremely firmly” wanted to warn US President Donald Trump, visiting London for the Nato summit, that selling off the NHS should not be part of any US-Britain trade deal.
“In any trade deal with the United States with a Labour government, public services will not be put on the table,” he said.
“Our NHS will not be put up for sale because public services are there for a reason.
“They are not there to be sold off to international firms that want to come in and run our NHS.”
Mr Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell were both original supporters of the Soas cleaners’ campaign in 2006, when workers were paid £5 an hour.
Introducing Mr Corbyn, Soas Unison rep and cleaning supervisor Lenin Escudero said: “We were invisible before but during the campaign people started to notice us.
“Jeremy Corbyn supported us in this campaign from day one and was the only political figure, along with John McDonnell, to support us. So I thank him.”
Mr Escudero told Mr Corbyn that Soas was the leader’s “home” and he should “visit more often.”
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