The IWGB’s campaign to bring outsourced workers at the University of London back in-house is in full swing. In the last few weeks we have had a massive protest, flyering outside Senate House, several campaign videos and a letter writing campaign with emails from high profile individuals and organisations, including John McDonnell MPJonathan Bartley (co-leader of the Green Party) and War On Want.

More information on the campaign can be found here and here.

Now we are asking you to take a couple of minutes of your time to help these workers end the discriminatory work practices that mean they suffer from worse terms and condition than those directly employed by the university. All you need to do is copy the email below and send it to Vice-Chancellor@london.ac.uk cc’ing uolbackinhouse@iwgb.org.uk .

This small act will go a long way to help ensure a better future for these low-paid precarious workers.

Thanks and solidarity!



IWGB organiser and press officer

Dear Professor Adrian Smith,

I’m writing in support of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain’s (IWGB) Back In-House campaign.

It is truly disgraceful that you continue to shirk your responsibilities towards your workers by maintaining a two-tier workforce, with outsourced staff receiving far worse terms and conditions than their colleagues that are directly employed by the university.

Your continued refusal to engage with the union that represents the vast majority of your outsourced and in-house employees is a further sign to how little you value your staff.

That is why I am joining the IWGB in demanding that you immediately:

  1. make all outsourced workers direct employees of the university
  2. put all zero-hours workers on permanent contracts
  3. give promised pay rises to security officers, receptionists porters and post room workers

Kind regards,