UOL AGM, Saturday 26th September | UOL Reunión General Anual de la Rama sábado 26 de Septiembre — September 11, 2020

UOL AGM, Saturday 26th September | UOL Reunión General Anual de la Rama sábado 26 de Septiembre

Dear IWGB members,

It is my pleasure to cordially invite you to the annual general meeting of the University of London Branch, which will be held on Saturday the 26th of September at 2 pm via Zoom.

After the cancellation of the meeting we had planned for April due to the pandemic, we have decided to reschedule now that we are gradually returning to normal.

This meeting is an annual event, so everyone’s participation and collaboration is essential. Our union remains strong, united and effective thanks to the bond between you, its members. It is your presence, your ideas and your suggestions that help us to run a truly democratic organisation. IWGB is, first and foremost, at the service of its members.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get up to date and actively participate in the activity of the branch.

I hope I can count on your attendance to help us keep up the fight.

Cordial invitation from the University of London Branch -IWGB

Regards

Maritza Castillo Calle, Branch Chair, IWGB University of London

Estimados miembr@s del sindicato IWGB.


Tenemos el placer de hacerles  una cordial invitación a nuestra Reunión  General  Anual  de la Rama de la Universidad de Londres que se celebrará el sábado 26 de Septiembre  a las 2pm por videoconferencia-Zoom.

Debido a la actual crisis que se ha generado por la pandemia del COVID -19, se canceló la reunión que teníamos prevista para Abril .
Ahora que estamos volviendo poco a poco a la normalidad, vamos a celebrar nuestra reunión como se ha venido haciendo siempre.

Esta reunión es una vez al año por lo tanto necesitamos la colaboración  y participación de todos. Nuestro sindicato se mantiene fuerte, unido y luchador gracias a la unión de todos ustedes por lo que tu presencia, ideas y  sugerencias nos ayudan a hacer un sindicato democrático y participativo.

No te puedes perder esta oportunidad de informarte y participar activamente en la Rama.
El sindicato IWGB está siempre al servicio de nuestros miembros.
Espero contar con tu presencia la cuál es muy importante para nuestro progreso.

Invitación cordial de la Rama de la Universidad de Londres -IWGB

Saludos

Maritza Castillo Calle, Branch Chair, IWGB University of London

Clases de inglés gratis / Free English classes — September 4, 2020
New volunteering opportunities — August 27, 2020

New volunteering opportunities

Organise with the private hire drivers branch

Our United Private Hire Drivers (UPHD) branch are looking for volunteers to help out with their upcoming organising drive!

UPHD represent drivers working for companies such as Uber, Bolt, Kapten, Addison Lee and many more. They are currently running a campaign in London against regressive taxation on minicab drivers by Transport for London, and are preparing for other campaigns across the country. If you are up for helping out, they need people to join their weekly phone-banking sessions and also to speak to any private hire drivers you see out and about.
If you are interested, join the WhatsApp group here for more information: https://chat.whatsapp.com/Gg8WLee0p5WJGgVez7KidD

Casework and campaigns with the couriers branch

The Couriers Branch is looking for volunteers to help with casework and campaigns. Couriers like Deliveroo riders are especially vulnerable right now, eligible for no employment benefits and at risk of having their contract terminated any day for no reason, having worked throughout the pandemic as key workers.

Through casework we can assist members with daily problems and provide some of the support they lack on the job. It’s through campaigning that we aim to change the way the companies operate to make things fairer for couriers. If you are interested in being part of this important work to transform the gig economy, please get in touch with Laura at laurawormington@iwgb.co.uk or 07565683705. Let us know how much time you’re able to give and if you have any relevant experience, e.g. in organising, casework, social media, phone calls, written communication, legal knowledge, etc. Thanks!

URGENT – Please Sign and Support Our IWGB Colleagues — August 20, 2020

URGENT – Please Sign and Support Our IWGB Colleagues

The University of London is planning to make eight cleaners redundant.  

The university has decided to change the scope of the cleaning contract prior to in-housing cleaners in November. This decision, which lacks any financial justification, will make eight cleaners unemployed in the midst of a major health and economic crisis.

Most of these cleaners have been working at the frontline during the pandemic, ensuring that the Institution and its Residence Halls continued to run safely.

After taking risks and giving their best during a pandemic, UoL treats them as disposable labour. Please sign and share in support of our colleagues!  

Link: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/no-to-redundancies-at-the-university-of-london
  Maritza Castillo Calle (Branch Chair, IWGB University of London)
BRANCH MEETING, Saturday the 25th of June at 2pm / Sábado 25 de julio a las 2pm REUNIÓN DE LA RAMA — July 24, 2020

BRANCH MEETING, Saturday the 25th of June at 2pm / Sábado 25 de julio a las 2pm REUNIÓN DE LA RAMA

We will be discussing the hard work we’ve all put in for such a long time, the challenges we face now and strategies for the future.

Your involvement motivates us as we carry on working with you and helping you with your work-related problems. Your participation, your ideas and your suggestions help us to ensure our union remains democratic and representative.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to inform yourself and actively participate in the work of the branch.

Together we can create a strong and democratic union.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Join here!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82501670997?pwd=VlRINWdmSTQyWG5jc2ZDeXJONDcrUT09

Sábado 25 de julio a las 2pm REUNIÓN DE LA RAMA

Hablaremos sobre el arduo trabajo que hemos  venido haciendo durante todo este tiempo, discutiremos los desafíos actuales y las estrategias para el futuro.

Tu presencia nos motiva a seguir trabajando y ayudándoles con los problemas laborales. También tu presencia, tus ideas y sugerencias nos ayudan a hacer un sindicato democrático y participativo .

No se pueden perder esta oportunidad de infórmate y participa activamente en la rama.

¡Juntos haremos un Sindicato fuerte y democrático !

¡Les esperamos compañeros!

¡Unete aquí!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82501670997?pwd=VlRINWdmSTQyWG5jc2ZDeXJONDcrUT09

Maritza Castillo Calle

Branch Chair

IWGB University of London

Redundancy: learn your rights and help a friend — July 17, 2020

Redundancy: learn your rights and help a friend

The IWGB’s highly-trained Legal Department are offering branch members the chance for some virtual training in redundancy processes – what to expect, what your rights are and what you can do to fight it.

We’re calling for members from UoL branch to volunteer. Sadly, redundancies are likely across Universities and we will need more people able to accompany friends and colleagues to meetings. 

The training will cover what to do as a companion. Please only sign up if you’re willing to support others in meetings as places are limited, but the more trained people we have, the better. (Companions get paid time off normal duties to help their colleagues.) 

Last year, during the CoSector restructure, every member IWGB accompanied was happy with their result. Let’s try to make that happen again! 

The training date is still to be confirmed so please express your interest by emailing lindseycaffin@iwgb.co.uk by 4.30 on Friday 17th July (this Friday!) and we’ll send you the details as soon as the date is set. 

Volunteers to help fight redundancies! A message from our branch secretary — June 19, 2020

Volunteers to help fight redundancies! A message from our branch secretary

I want to say, again, a big thank you to everyone who has volunteered with the IWGB so far!

We are now preparing for widespread redundancies and campaigns as furlough comes towards the end.

Across our branches, we are beginning to plan how to fight these. We are calling for volunteers who can help with research on companies and their finances, as well as helping to support campaigns with workers.

If you are interested in volunteering and helping with this, please reply to the email and we can assign you to a branch.

Also, as a reminder, our next weekly call is on Monday 22nd June at 7pm, focusing on education under the pandemic, with reports from our Foster Care Workers and Cycle Instructors Branch, and Kevin Courtney from the NEU. Join here: https://zoom.us/j/197558184
Solidarity,

Jamie Woodcock

University of London Branch Secretary and Chair of the COVID-19 Subcommittee

IWGB fights UCL /Axis threat to change furlough terms — June 9, 2020

IWGB fights UCL /Axis threat to change furlough terms

Security officers and IWGB members at UCL last week received letters suggesting that outsourcing company Axis was preparing to break the agreed terms of furlough. In response the union has contacted both the University and Axis to hold them to their promises – both letters are below:

To whom it may concern

Today, 8 June,  some of our members employed by your security subcontractor, AXIS, have been informed that from 1st of June they will only receive 80% of their wages. 

We would like to raise several points here:

UCL has stated publicly and in writing that they will continue to provide 20% of the wages of Security officers to ensure full payment of the salary. We have already notified them of your intention to reduce the pay of officers, despite the fact that the government continues to cover 80% of wages and UCL is providing the remaining 20%. This also raises questions with regards to what AXIS is doing with the money that is provided by the client to top-up wages.

I would also like to highlight that the unilateral amendment of the terms of Furlough is unlawful and amounts to a breach of contract. Please note that at no point officers have agreed to have their salaries reduced to 80%. 
In the Furlough Letter, included below, our members accepted to be placed on Furlough with full payment. At no point was consent provided to alter the terms mentioned in the letter. Any change therefore amounts to a breach of the contractual terms of Furlough, and we shall not hesitate to initiate legal proceedings to enforce the terms of the agreement.

Having said that, please immediately confirm that Security Officers will continue to receive full payment of their wages.

Regards

Jordi Lopez-Botey (IWGB Organiser/Caseworker, UoL Branch)

Dear Matthew

I hope this email finds you well.

Today, 8 June, some of our members employed by your security subcontractor, AXIS, have been informed that from 1st of June they will only receive 80% of their wages. (letter attached here).

Please immediately clarify this situation and confirm that Security Officers at UCL will continue to receive full payment of their wages (at 100%).

Regards

Jordi Lopez-Botey (IWGB Organiser/Caseworker, UoL Branch)

URGENT SUPPORT NEEDED – Defend the #TDL10, key medical workers being dismissed by Sonic Healthcare for union activity! — May 29, 2020