BREAKING NEWS: Outsourced workers at UCL formally demand to be brought in-house! — September 17, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: Outsourced workers at UCL formally demand to be brought in-house!

This morning Jason Moyer-Lee, General Secretary of the IWGB, delivered a letter to the Provost of UCL with an ultimatum: bring the outsourced security officers, cleaners and porters in-house by October 7th or face a strong and well-organised campaign by the workers and the union!

Read the letter to the Provost here.

The IWGB represents the majority of security and around 150 cleaners at UCL, and has been building towards a campaign for the past 18 months, holding breakfast stalls, outreach visits to isolated buildings, and working with members to elect reps among the workforce.

The outsourced employees, many of them migrant workers, have endured years of poor management, disrespect, low or missing pay, and exploitation by the third-party companies that employ them – Axis and Sodexo – companies not exactly known for their respect for human rights or the well-being of migrants… 

Now, through the union, these workers are taking a stand and demanding justice. By being brought in house, they will be eligible for the same rights, sick pay, holidays, maternity pay, and pensions as their directly employed colleagues and will be able to hold UCL accountable for any issues they face at work, rather than having to negotiate with faceless third-party companies.

UCL is the behemoth of London unis, the second biggest university in the country and the only remaining major London university not to have committed to ending the outsourcing of its workers. We would not be commencing this battle if we did not feel the workers, the union, and the rest of the university community were ready to win.

We hope that Michael Arthur will be wise enough to agree to this, or at least to enter into negotiations. If not, we will be with the workers every step of their way in their struggle.

If you are interested in being involved in the campaign (we welcome students past and present, members of staff, and anyone else), please leave your details here.

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Meet our new BAME Officers – Ruqayyah Al-Faisal and Hosne Ara — September 6, 2019

Meet our new BAME Officers – Ruqayyah Al-Faisal and Hosne Ara

We are delighted to introduce our two new new BAME officers, unanimously elected at this week’s branch meeting – Ruqayyah Al-Faisal and Hosne Ara!

You can contact them with any relevant issues at uolbame@iwgb.co.uk, but please read on to find a little bit more about them.

 

My name is Ruqayyah Al-Faisal and I am a receptionist working for the University of London. Whilst working here I’ve faced many challenges and encountered racism, sexism and discrimination.

With IWGB and my coworker Hosne we fought against the individuals concerned and prevailed. In doing so we showed that fighting back is the only way your voice can be heard.

So I am honoured that IWGB has elected me to be a union officer for those others who wish to be silent no longer.

 

 

Hi! I am Hosne Ara, working at the University of London for last five years! I have been always dedicated myself to make a difference to people’s lives especially those who need help. I believe I can make a positive impact by ensuring that ethnic minority workers adjust well to the work environment and feel valued.

I appreciate all the support from IWGB that I have received. I thank all of you who have voted me to be a voice of all race and culture, and I will ensure that all ethnic minority voices are heard.

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Muchas Gracias, Charlotte! — August 30, 2019

Muchas Gracias, Charlotte!

September, as ever, is a time of change; of endings and beginnings. As we look forward to welcoming new students to the campaign, we must bid farewell to those moving on to other exciting endeavours.

At this morning’s UCL breakfast stall we said a very sad goodbye and a HUGE thank you to Charlotte, one of our UCL student volunteers who is graduating and moving abroad. Charlotte has been an amazingly valuable member of the team this year, fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, dependable and friendly, and somehow ALWAYS bringing smiles and laughter to our all-weather 8am breakfast stalls.

We presented her with a card, signed by UCL cleaners, security officers, union reps and students, full of words of thanks. We wish her all the best for the future, look forward to welcoming her back one day, and in the meantime will be giving her a proper IWGB send-off at the University of London strike fundraising fiesta at New Speak House tonight…

Come and join us – see you there!

Job Opportunity – Press Officer — August 23, 2019

Job Opportunity – Press Officer

Salary: £11.55 per hour (The IWGB has a flat wage policy of London Living Wage + £1 per hour, with increases every year in November)

Timescale: 3 days (21hrs) per week

Benefits: 23 days holiday per year including bank holidays (38 days pro rata), 13% employer pension contribution.

Reporting to: Head of Communications and Media

To apply: Send a copy of your CV and a cover letter explaining your interest and suitability for the role to sebastienflais@iwgb.co.uk

Application deadline: 23:59 on 26 August

About the role

We are looking for a press officer to join our communications team. The press officer plays a vital role for the union, not only by helping shape and execute communications strategies for individual campaigns, but also by ensuring that the IWGB’s wider strategic objectives are advanced through clear messaging in the media and social media.

Most importantly, the press officer will help amplify the voices of members, by telling their stories, but also by giving them the means and confidence to communicate effectively about their experiences.

Your responsibilities will include writing press releases, pitching stories, managing relationships with journalists, monitoring IWGB media coverage, ghost writing comment pieces, assisting with social media and helping train our rank and file reps.

The press officer should be comfortable working to tight deadlines and managing several tasks at the same time. You should have an excellent command of written and spoken English and an ability to write clear concise copy.

Key responsibilities

  • Writing and sending press releases to relevant media
  • Pitching stories to the press and broadcast media
  • Dealing with media inquiries and requests for comment
  • Monitoring the IWGB’s media coverage
  • Ghost writing comment pieces for members and officers
  • Assisting in running the IWGB’s social media accounts
  • Helping the head of communications and media develop effective comms strategies by liaising with branch officials and activists
  • Creating and maintaining relationships with journalists
  • Training members and activists

Person specification (Essential)

  • At least one year’s experience in journalism, communications, media relations or a role that incorporates these skills.
  • A burning passion to fight against injustices
  • An ability to write clear, concise copy to tight deadlines
  • A capacity to manage multiple priorities
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Good IT skills

Person specification (Preferred)

  • Experience shooting and editing video and/or photo
  • Experience clipping media content or creating social media content
  • Knowledge of UK employment law
  • Knowledge or experience in the trade union movement

Inteviews will be conducted on the morning of 9 September and afternoon of 11 September

About us:

The IWGB is the leading union for precarious workers in the UK. Founded by a handful of Latin American cleaners in 2012, it now has over 5000 members working across a number of sectors. It has led campaigns and/or launched landmark lawsuits against employers such as Uber, Deliveroo, Addison Lee, Ernst & Young, The University of London, The Doctors Laboratory and others. The union has a flat wage policy, where all employees, including the General Secretary and President, make the same hourly wage of London Living Wage + £1 (£11.55).

Union branch seeks BAME officer — August 19, 2019

Union branch seeks BAME officer

We have a vacancy for the position of Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Officer! The previous incumbent, David Kalanzi, is now working part-time for the IWGB as a case officer (congrats David) and so we need a volunteer or volunteers to take this on! The only requirement is that you be from a BAME background and be keen to defend the rights and represent the interests of all our BAME members! If you are interested or have any questions then please drop David a line at davidkalanzi@iwgb.co.uk.

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¡Tenemos una vacante para el puesto de Oficial de Minorías Étnicas (BAME officer)! El titular anterior, David Kalanzi, ahora está trabajando a tiempo parcial para el IWGB como caseworker (felicidades a David), por lo que necesitamos un voluntario o voluntarios para asumir este rol. ¡El único requisito es que sea una minoría étnica y esté dispuesto a defender los derechos y representar los intereses de todos nuestros miembros de minorías étnicas! Si está interesado o tiene alguna pregunta, envíe un mensaje a David a davidkalanzi@iwgb.co.uk.

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Fundraising party to end exploitation and discrimination at UoL — August 15, 2019

Fundraising party to end exploitation and discrimination at UoL

The IWGB is holding a party on 30 August to raise much need funds to help support its campaign to end the exploitation of, and discrimination against, outsourced workers at the University of London (UoL).

Taking place at Newspeak House, 133 Bethnal Green Road, east London from 7pm-2am, it is set to be a lively, family-friendly affair. There will be music from DJ King Batuka (UoL security officer by day, Afrobeat DJ by night!), Cali Salsa Show with Rita Barberio, Salsa classes, raffle prizes and much more.