The University of London IWGB Branch Chair, Henry Chango Lopez, has written to the Vice Chancellor and the University of London Collegiate Council with an urgent request for information on plans for the Garden Halls, and the Garden Halls’ workers:
Dear Professor Smith and Collegiate Council Members
I am writing on behalf of workers and members of the IWGB currently employed at the University’s ‘Garden Halls’ by Cofely and Aramark.
Since the announcement last year that the University had received planning permission to redevelop the Cartwright Gardens site, which would involve the demolition of all three halls, workers have been understandably extremely concerned for their future employment.
The IWGB has made a series of requests for clarification as to the timetable governing this process, but has thus far received no concrete information.
In addition, we have made a number of proposals to Cofely with the aim of preventing / reducing potential redundancies, but again the employer has refused to sit down with us and discuss these seriously.
As new posts at the Halls of Residence are now being filled by employees on contracts which end on July 1, the assumption among our members is that they will all be made redundant on this date, should opportunities elsewhere on the contract not arise.
This is less than 4 months away, and the uncertainty and stress this is creating is untenable. We would therefore ask the University:
• To confirm what the plans for the Halls are
• To reassure us that there will be no compulsory redundancies
• To agree to engage fully in talks with workers and the IWGB, the union which represents the vast majority of them
If you could get back to me as soon as possible regarding this that would be much appreciated.
Henry Chango Lopez
IWGB University of London