Outsourced university workers represented by Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) can feel more visible and dignified as labour activists. Workers who get involved in campaigning for fairer conditions can develop a network of support across campus, and feel a sense of solidarity with migrants from other cultures, often superseding linguistic barriers. This report explores the achievements, limitations and social impacts of IWGB, as well as the community on campus that IWGB activists create.
The research for this report was carried out in 2014, and includes interviews with a number of IWGB cleaners and porters, as well as interviews with university representatives and the leader of a political party.
You can get in touch with the author, Rosa Elswood, if you would like to learn more about this research.