certificateAfter what seemed like an age of bureaucratic procrastination, the IWGB has finally been issued with its Certificate of Independence by the Certification Officer. For any doubters – it’s in black and white on the gov.uk website.

The certificate is intended to show that a union

  • is not under the domination or control of an employer or group of employers or of one or more employers’ associations; and
  • is not liable to interference by an employer or any such group or association (arising out of the provision of financial or material support or by any other means whatsoever) tending towards such control.

Obviously, the way the IWGB has been conducting itself was bound to raise suspicions that it was just a stooge of the University of London and Cofely, so hopefully this bit of paper will finally put those vicious rumours to bed…

The major significance of this for the union is that now we can start forcing employers to legally recognise us!

It costs around four grand to get one of these, which was funded by a grant from the LUSH fund -for which may thanks…