The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has been representing and organising staff since August 2012. We are a democratic, worker-led union and are looking for someone interested in helping to build our new Legal Department and support the Legal Department Coordinator.
So far we have made a big impact fighting for collective rights, however, we need volunteers to help us take on casework and represent our members individually. Most members are lower paid, migrant workers and some employers try to take advantage by ignoring the law in the hopes that no one will notice.
We have grown dramatically over the past year that our resources are struggling to meet the financial demands of casework, strikes and other actions. Our funding comes from very low membership dues and donations and we need the help from volunteers to take some of the pressure off our active membership.
Much of the IWGB case work is currently done by volunteers who have studied law. As the new Legal Department grows, we need help with tribunals and assisting the Legal Department Coordinator. This role is ideal for someone with legal training, and plenty of employment law experience.
- LLB or equivalent legal training
- familiarity with UK employment law
- experience acting as a trade union rep
- availability for 3 days per week for a minimum of 6 months
- some case work (disciplinaries, grievances)
- employment tribunal preparation (drafting pleadings, witness statements, etc.)
- providing general assistance to the IWGB Legal Department Coordinator
- Play a key role in ensuring the effective functioning of the union
- Play a key role in the development of the IWGB Legal Department
- Occasional employment law trainings
- excellent on a CV