The latest announcement from the University of London indicates that they are feeling the pressure of the 3 Cosas campaign and shifting their position on outsourced workers’ terms and conditions:

University announces negotiations on new co-operative

The University of London today announced that it has entered into negotiations with a number of its federal Colleges and Institutes over the formation of a new facilities management co-operative.

The co-operative would allow its members to share the cost of services such as cleaning and estates maintenance, and if agreed would be fully operational in 2015.

Benefits to members under consideration would include more resilient and tailored services as well as the ability to offer enhanced terms and conditions for the co-operative’s frontline staff, including improved holiday and sick pay entitlement.

The University is taking into account recent guidelines issued by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Higher Education Funding Council for England that lay out the benefits for cost sharing groups.