The campaign to end outsourcing at the University of London is picking up momentum.
Birkbeck had decided to start its own in-house campaign beginning with a demonstration on 26 June, and a call to sign the ‘Birkbeck Justice for Workers’ petition as detailed below.
Sign the Birkbeck Justice for Workers petition: https://tinyurl.com/bbkj4w
Join the demonstration: outside the Birkbeck main building, Tuesday 26 June, 4–6pm
There is inequality at the heart of our university. Cleaning, catering and security staff are outsourced. The workers get lower wages and worse conditions, such as sick leave and pensions.
UNISON and the other trade unions at Birkbeck are organising the campaign to end outsourcing: we want the workers brought back in-house. This means they would be directly employed by the university. We believe that these services are essential: without cleaning, catering and security, there could be no teaching or research.
We ask that Birkbeck commits to bringing all of its outsourced workers back in-house within six months, without any reduction in jobs or services. This means the workers will get equality when it comes to pay, sick leave, holidays, pensions; and also access to the library and IT, study assistance, family leave, and an end to zero-hours contracts in catering.
We call on the Master of Birkbeck, Professor David Latchman, to make a written commitment to this effect as soon as possible.
How you can support the campaign:
- sign our petition online at https://tinyurl.com/bbkj4w
- join the demonstration: outside the Birkbeck main building, Tuesday 26 June, 4–6pm
- find out more and get involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Birkbeck Justice for Workers