Attention all members – please sign up to our new IWGB-UoL Broadcast channel — March 6, 2020

Attention all members – please sign up to our new IWGB-UoL Broadcast channel

We have created an IWGB-UoL Broadcast channel, to keep you updated on all the news, campaigns and events of the UoL Branch (this is also free and will allow us to save on the costs of SMS messaging).

To subscribe to the channel follow the steps listed below.

1. Save the Uol branch phone number (07934462548) in your phone contacts.

2. Send a whatsapp message to this number with your full name and place of work.

3. We will add you to the channel and you are now ready to receive all the news from your branch!

Próxima reunión de la rama – miércoles 4 de marzo a las 12.30 – y otras noticias — February 28, 2020

Próxima reunión de la rama – miércoles 4 de marzo a las 12.30 – y otras noticias

Hola a todos y todas,

Esperemos que hayan recibido (si no, ¡háganos saber!) El boletín nacional de IWGB para febrero, que estuvo lleno del trabajo que el sindicato está haciendo en lo que ahora se ha convertido en 11 ramas y casi 5000 miembros.

Por eso pensamos que era un buen momento para ponerles al día de todo lo que NUESTRA sucursal ha estado haciendo, así como también para asegurarnos de que todos los miembros sepan a quién contactar con cualquier problema laboral que surja y para informarles sobre nuestra próxima reunión de la rama, que se llevará a cabo el próximo miércoles 4 de marzo a las 12.30 (sala por confirmar) – hablaremos de todos los temas a continuación y más, pero avísenos si hay algo que les gustaría agregar a la agenda.

Campaña interna de Senate House noticias más recientes: victoria para nuestros encargados de seguridad y nuestros limpiadores

Después de una larga campaña de huelgas, protestas y, por supuesto, el boicot de IWGB, 2020 verá el alojamiento del resto del personal de seguridad de UoL (en mayo) más nuestros limpiadores (en noviembre) dentro de UoL. Si bien persisten los problemas sobre los detalles de los contratos que se ofrecerán y la subcontratación continua del personal de catering y mantenimiento, no hay duda de que esto representa una victoria masiva para estos trabajadores, que ahora recibirán un tratamiento equitativo frente a las pensiones, enfermos pago, vacaciones y pago de maternidad / paternidad con personal interno.

Queríamos agradecerles a todos nuestros miembros y simpatizantes y recordarle al personal afectado que continuaremos trabajando para garantizar que el proceso TUPE se desarrolle sin problemas y de manera justa. Cualquier duda contacte con nuestro organizador de sucursal Jordi (jordilopez-botey@iwgb.co.uk).

Campaña UCL End OutSourcing

Siguiendo los pasos de Senate House, estamos ocupados con la mayor campaña de in-house en la historia de las universidades. Después de dos huelgas masivas por parte de los oficiales de seguridad y los limpiadores de IWGB a fines del año pasado, UCL ahora se ha comprometido a mejorar la provisión de salarios, vacaciones y enfermedad para el personal subcontratado en 2020. Este es un logro increíble, y la campaña continúa presionando a UCL por un calendario claro para cumplir sus promesas y terminar con la subcontratación de una vez por todas.

Para más detalles sobre los próximos pasos en la campaña, puede hablar con nuestra presidenta Maritza (maritzacastillocalle@iwgb.co.uk) o el organizador de la campaña de UCL Charlie (charliemacnamara@iwgb.co.uk).

Reestructuraciones de la Universidad de Londres

Muchos de ustedes saben de la gran reestructuración de CoSector que ha tenido lugar, pero además de esto, se están produciendo procesos más pequeños en el RSI y se proponen para el departamento de Finanzas. En todos estos casos, el IWGB ha estado apoyando a los miembros, desafiando las propuestas y representando a los miembros para luchar por sus trabajos o (en algunos casos) por pagos de redundancia mejorados. Si se ha visto afectado, se ve afectado o tiene miedo de ser afectado, no dude en ponerse en contacto con nuestros secretarios asistentes Mark (markmurphy@iwgb.co.uk) y Lindsey (lindseycaffin@iwgb.co.uk).

Queja colectiva de HEE

Después de la transferencia de TUPE del ex personal de UoL a HEE el año pasado, lo que condujo a grandes recortes en el salario neto para el personal de grado 4, el IWGB ha lanzado una queja colectiva para obtener una compensación para estos empleados y combatir lo que afirmamos que fue un proceso discriminatorio que afectó injustamente y desproporcionadamente personal BAME y femenino. Actualmente estamos esperando el resultado de la etapa informal de este proceso, pendiente de escalar a una queja formal.

El caso está siendo manejado por Catherine, la Oficial de Mujeres de IWGB, y no dude en comunicarse con ella (catherinemorrissey@iwgb.co.uk) si tiene alguna pregunta.

Foro de Información y Consulta de Empleados

Ahora tenemos una lista completa de representantes de IWGB recién elegidos para el Foro UoL ICE, por el cual la Universidad se ve obligada a informarnos y consultarnos sobre todos los temas principales. La última reunión se celebró en enero y aquí se encuentra la lista complete de los representantes.

Tenemos una gran oportunidad a través de este foro para pedir cuentas a la Universidad, así que pónganse en contacto con sus representantes o con nosotros si tienen algún problema que les gustaría plantear.

Tus representantes y como involucrarse

El IWGB tiene representantes en Senate House y UCL para empleados internos y externos, y ustedes deben sentirse libres de ponerse en contacto con ellos para cualquier cosa.

Además, siempre estamos interesados en que nuevas personas se ofrezcan como voluntarias (¡el sindicato es tan fuerte como sus miembros!). Hay muchas maneras diferentes en que pueden ayudar al sindicato, así que por favor escriban a nuestro secretario de rama Jamie (jamiewoodcock@iwgb.co.uk ) si quieren participar.

¡Esperamos verles en 2020! Hasta la Victoria!

Lindsey Caffin

Subsecretario de la rama

PD: ¡Una última cosa! UCU está de huelga en SOAS, Birkbeck y UCL. ¡Visiten sus líneas de piquete y muéstrenles apoyo si pueden!

 

 

Next branch meeting – Wednesday 3 March at 12.30 – plus other news! — February 25, 2020

Next branch meeting – Wednesday 3 March at 12.30 – plus other news!

We thought it was a good time to give you an update on everything our branch has been doing, as well as make sure all members know who to contact with any workplace issues that arise AND let you know about our next branch meeting, which will be held next Wednesday 4 March at 12.30 (room tbc) – we will be discussing all the issues below and more, but do let me know if you have anything you would like to add to the agenda.

Senate House in-house campaign latest – victory for our security and cleaners

Following a long IWGB campaign of strikes, protests and of course the boycott, 2020 will see the in-housing of the remainder of UoL security staff (in May) plus our cleaners (in November). While issues remain over the details of the contracts to be offered and the continued outsourcing of catering and maintenance staff, there is no doubt that this represents a massive victory for these workers, who will now receive equaly treatment vis-à-vis pensions, sick pay, holidays and maternity/paternity pay with in-house staff.

We wanted to thank all our members and supporters AND to remind affected staff that we will continue to work to ensure the TUPE process goes ahead smoothly and fairly. Any questions please contact our branch organiser Jordi (jordilopez-botey@iwgb.co.uk).

UCL End OutSourcing campaign

Hot on the heels of Senate House, we are busy with the biggest in-housing campaign in HE history. Following two massive strikes by IWGB security and cleaners at the end of last year, UCLhas now committed to improving pay, holiday and sickness provision for outsourced staff in 2020. This is an amazing achievement, and the campaign continues to pressure UCL for a clear timetable by which to keep its promises, and to end outsourcing once and for all.

For more details on the next steps in the campaign you can speak to our chair Maritza (maritzacastillocalle@iwgb.co.uk) or UCL campaign organiser Charlie (charliemacnamara@iwgb.co.uk).

University of London restructures

 Many of you will be aware of the huge CoSector restructure that has been taking place, but in addition to this smaller processes are occurring at the IHR and are proposed for the Finance department. In all of these instances the IWGB has been supporting members – both challenging the proposals themselves and by representing members to fight for their jobs or (in some instances) for enhanced redundancy payments. If you have been affected, are affected or fear you will be affected please do not hesitate to get in touch with our assistant branch secretaries Mark (markmurphy@iwgb.co.uk) and Lindsey (lindseycaffin@iwgb.co.uk).

HEE collective grievance

Following the TUPE transfer of former UoL staff to HEE last year, which led to huge cuts in take home pay for grade 4 staff, the IWGB has launched a collective grievance to obtain compensation for these employees and to combat what we assert was a discriminatory process which unfairly affected disproportionately BAME and female staff. We are currently awaiting the outcome of the informal stage of this process, pending escalation to a formal grievance. The case is being handled by Catherine, the IWGB Women’s Officer, and please do feel free to contact her (catherinemorrissey@iwgb.co.uk) with any questions.

Information and Consultation of Employees Forum

 We now have a newly elected full slate of IWGB reps for the UoL ICE Forum, by which the University is forced to inform and consult with us over all major issues. The latest meeting was held in January and a full list of reps can be found here. We have a great opportunity via this forum to hold the University to account, so please do get in touch with your reps or with us if you have any issues that you would like raised.

Your reps and getting involved

The IWGB has reps across Senate House and UCL for both in-house and outsourced employees, and you should feel free to contact them with any issues at work. In addition, we are always keen for new people to volunteer (the union is only as strong as its members!) – there are loads of different ways in which you can help the union, so please do drop our branch secretary Jamie (jamiewoodcock@iwgb.co.uk) a line if you would like to get involved.

Looking forward to seeing you in 2020! Hasta la Victoria!

Lindsey Caffin

Assistant Branch Secretary

PS one last thing! UCU are currently on strike over pensions, pay, casualisation, workload and discriminatory paygaps at SOAS, Birkbeck and UCL. Please do visit their picket lines and show them support if you can!

Security in-house campaign meeting tonight! All welcome! — February 21, 2020
Two updates from the Women’s Organiser… — February 20, 2020

Two updates from the Women’s Organiser…

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1. Women’s Strike March

We will be joining the Women’s Strike March in London on 08/03/20 to celebrate International Women’s Day.

​All women and non-binary members and friends of the IWGB are invited to join. We will meet in Cavendish Square from 1:30pm – look out for the IWGB flags and (hopefully) an IWGB Women banner!

Join and share the Facebook event here:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/womenstrike.uk/events/

Women’s Strike Assembly is running free childcare at various locations on the day:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/womenstrike.uk/events/

Nos uniremos a la Marcha de Huelga de las Mujeres en Londres el 08/03/20 para celebrar el Día Internacional de la Mujer.

Todas las mujeres y los miembros no binarios y amigos de la IWGB están invitados a unirse. Nos reuniremos en Cavendish Square a partir de la 1:30pm – ¡cuidado con las banderas de la IWGB y (con suerte) con una bandera de las Mujeres de la IWGB!

Únete y comparte el evento de Facebook aquí:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/womenstrike.uk/events/

La Women’s Strike Assembly está organizando una guardería gratuita en varios lugares durante el día:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/womenstrike.uk/events/

2. Organiser training

Our next Organiser Training for women and non-binary members will be Saturday 4th April, 2-5pm!

Please see the following flyer for details. ​Reply to laurawormington@iwgb.co.uk to let us know if you would like to join; if you have any dietary / access requirements; if you will need childcare; and if there is anything in particular you would like the training to cover.

This training will be in English. If you would be interested in coming to one in Spanish, please reply to this email to let us know.

Nuestro próximo entrenamiento de organizadores para mujeres y miembros no binarios será el sábado 4 de abril, de 2 a 5 pm!

Por favor, responde a laurawormington@iwgb.co.uk para hacernos saber si te gustaría participar, si tienes algún requisito de acceso o dieta, si necesitarás cuidado de niños, y si hay algo en particular que te gustaría que el entrenamiento cubriera.

Este entrenamiento será en inglés. Si desea que celebremos una en español, por favor, responda a este correo electrónico.

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IWGB Women’s Rep Training tomorrow! — February 14, 2020
120 UCL security staff sign open letter to UCL University Council — February 13, 2020

120 UCL security staff sign open letter to UCL University Council

Over 120 UCL security officers currently employed by the security contractor Axis have signed an open letter to UCL’s University Council detailing their demands for equality of terms and conditions for outsourced staff at UCL and for an end to outsourcing.

These officers are essential to the operation of UCL, and the unequal conditions under which they work are a disgrace. This is only made worse by the incompetence of the contractor Axis who in their second year on the contract are still unable to pay staff correctly.

They have asked that this letter is circulated to the full University Council, and discussed at their meeting tomorrow.

The resolution requested by the officers is that the contract be terminated and that they be brought in-house on equal terms and conditions as the former UCL security officers.

See the full letter and signatures here, and please contact Charlie (charliemacnamara@iwgb.co.uk) with any questions.

Light in the darkness: the solution is solidarity — December 13, 2019

Light in the darkness: the solution is solidarity

The UK today feels like a pretty dismal place. The moral compass seems to have gone solidaritymissing from our politics. We are facing some tough years ahead, and it’s important to take some time to be sad, to reflect, and look after yourself and your loved ones. We need comfort. But there is hope!

If you are reading this, and if you are part of IWGB, you are part of the solution. We already know that by joining together we can overcome incredible odds. That should give us all some hope today. And we will keep fighting, whatever they throw at us.

After the mourning is over, we need to regroup. It’s time to pick ourselves up, shake ourselves down and get back to it. If ever a grassroots union was needed, it’s now.

Things are obviously going to be tough for a good while, but believe: we can do this!

The resistance starts now.

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Need to stick it to Boris today? Donate to our crowdfunder —

Need to stick it to Boris today? Donate to our crowdfunder

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/no-deal-brexit-case/

In October, IWGB members launched a legal challenge against the Government over Boris Johnson’s threat to disobey the law. One rule for him, and another for us. They wouldn’t stand for that, and fought back. Tory Brexit will damage the lives of precarious workers, and in fact all workers in the UK. IWGB has campaigned tirelessly against it.

We’re in a very different place now: hard Brexit or ‘no deal’ is a certainty. That’s a terrible prospect for us all. It’s easy to feel powerless. But you can help.

Three precarious workers — Maritza, Wilson and Alex — teamed up with the IWGB and chose to fight back against Johnson’s disregard for the law. In the face of repeated statements by Johnson that he would not extend the Brexit deadline beyond 31 October, they filed a claim with the High Court to force the government to abide by the law and seek an extension. A few days later, Johnson went back on his commitment and agreed with the European Union to move the deadline to 31 January. After which, the workers withdrew their claim.

Now, government lawyers are arguing that because the claim was withdrawn, the claimants are liable to cover the government’s legal costs of at least £8,000.

Bojo and friends could sneeze that money out in a second. But to these workers, it’s a life-altering debt. We have just launched our crowdfunder to raise money for these three low-wage members who are being vindictively pursued for legal costs by Boris Johnson.

If you have something to donate, please do now! Early donations help build momentum and create a snowball effect. ❄

Here is the link: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/no-deal-brexit-case/

Please share it once you’ve donated on social media and with friends.

In solidarity,

IWGB