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
IMPORTANT- FAO IWGB members affected by Furlough at University of London — April 24, 2020

IMPORTANT- FAO IWGB members affected by Furlough at University of London

This is a message from IWGB about the UK government furlough scheme. The University has confirmed that it is intending to put 47 staff who are not able to work at the moment on ‘furlough’. All this means is that the University is applying for government assistance to pay these people’s wages during the COVID-19 lockdown. It should not mean any difference in pay or terms and conditions.

This only applies to you if you receive a letter or a message from the University telling you that you have been selected for the furlough scheme. If you do not receive such a letter it does not apply to you. 

IWGB reps have reviewed the letter and sent feedback to the University. We are advising our members that they can accept being put on the scheme, but that you should use the following wording in your reply to the University:

“I accept being placed on the furlough scheme but I would like to make clear that my acceptance does not indicate acceptance of any other present or future changes to my contract of employment and/or terms and conditions that do not relate directly to the furlough scheme.”

This relates to clause 5b in the letter. The University has assured us it does not intend to make unilateral changes to anyone’s contract so this is just a further safeguard. 

Please contact us if you have any further questions should you get a letter. Contact Jordi on 07934 462548 or Catherine on 07926 879011. Thank you!

Best wishes,

Lindsey, Mark, Maritza and Jamie

UNETE A NUESTRA VIDEO LLAMADA EN ESPAÑOL —

UNETE A NUESTRA VIDEO LLAMADA EN ESPAÑOL

Este día sábado 25 de Abril a las 2pm

Estaremos dando información muy importante sobre el arduo trabajo que hemos venido haciendo como sindicato para representar cientos de trabajadores durante el COVID-19.

  • Los cambios y nuevas políticas laborales implementadas por el Gobierno.
  • Que derechos tienes como trabajador y que tienen que hacer en caso de tener problemas con su empleador durante esta crisis.
  • Estaremos respondiendo todas sus preguntas.

Todos pueden unirse desde su computadora, ordenador o telefono mediante este enlace! https://zoom.us/j/96575818025
Los esperamos a todos!
Sindicato IWGB

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