packedroomThe University of London branch of the IWGB is open to everyone who works at the federal University of London, and provides:

  • Free advice, representation and legal support with workplace issues (from reps who work here at the University and who you can meet in person).
  • The support of a Legal Department based in the branch office, and staffed by legally qualified volunteers and a full-time Coordinator.
  • Support at employment tribunals.
  • Free English or Spanish classes.
  • Full voting rights at the monthly meetings where branch decisions are made.
  • Unqualified backing from the central IWGB.

We’re showing that determined organising can win concrete results, and in future we’ll be concentrating on:

  • Fighting for a proper 5% payrise for all staff in 2016
  • Pressing for recognition with Ocean, Bouygues, Cordant and the University of London

Since the branch was founded in April 2013:

  • 100s of members have been represented at disciplinaries and grievances – saving jobs, ending bullying and building confidence.
  • We have taken numerous cases to Employment Tribunals, securing substantial payouts to members in the process
  • Through the IWGB-supported 3 Cosas campaign, outsourced workers now get proper sick pay and holiday pay.
  • Accredited WEA English classes have been provided, as well as conversation classes in both English and Spanish.
  • We’ve built a campaigning structure (including social media, close partnerships with student bodies and other unions, and support from MPs) dedicated to improving working conditions and protecting jobs.
  • Helped win the first increase in London Weighting at the central University for 20 years (though we still think we could have got more).
  • Been at the forefront of the struggle to defend employees’ terms and conditions in the face of the University’s proposed plans for shared services.