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).

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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.

La lucha continúa, después del desayuno… (The struggle continues, after breakfast) — August 9, 2019

La lucha continúa, después del desayuno… (The struggle continues, after breakfast)

This morning students and IWGB reps at UCL held their weekly breakfast stall outside the Roberts engineering building at the UCL main campus. In addition to the usual spread of croissants and pastries, IWGB member Jose brought three fresh loaves of delicious Colombian bread which were extremely popular. 🥖🥖🥖 ☕️☕️

Lots of UCL cleaners came along to share food and talk, and two decided to become members of the IWGB – Independent Workers Union of Great Britain ! 💓✊✊

The breakfast stall is a great way to keep in touch with our members, but some are unable to come since they work in buildings that are located further away from the main campus or have several jobs. So we have also been busy organising lots of visits to different UCL buildings in order to reach more members! 🚀 🏦🏫

If you would like to get involved in the campaign at UCL, we would love to hear from you. You can find us on Facebook at UCL Justice for Workers or email charliemacnamara@iwgb.co.uk and we will get back to you with more information about what we do and how you can support workers in their fight for better employment conditions at UCL. 🤜🤛

GRAN FIESTA SOLIDARIA PARA TERMINAR CON LA EXPLOTACION Y DISCRIMINACION DE TRABAJADORES TERCERIZADOS DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE LONDRES! — August 7, 2019

GRAN FIESTA SOLIDARIA PARA TERMINAR CON LA EXPLOTACION Y DISCRIMINACION DE TRABAJADORES TERCERIZADOS DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE LONDRES!

VIERNES 30 DE AGOSTO 7PM -2AM

Ven a disfrutar de una tarde llena de premios, concurso de baile, entrenamiento y muchas sorpresas mas!

Show Cali salsa con Rita Barberio

Clases de salsa

Premios de rifa desde 50 – 150 en efectivo

Gran ambiente familiar y amigable con la mejor música bailable, servicio de bar y comida típica Latino Americana.

Ven a pasar un momento agradable y divertido en solidaridad!

Lugar: Newspeak House – 133 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG.

Te esperamos!

University of London In-House Campaign Strike Fundraising Party! Friday 30 August! —

University of London In-House Campaign Strike Fundraising Party! Friday 30 August!

Help the IWGB raise money for the next round of outsourced worker strikes at the University of London as they fight to be brought in-house!

All members, supporters, family and friends are welcome to our fundraising party on Friday 30 August from 7pm – 2am at Newspeak House, 133 Bethnal Green Road.

Featuring:

– Music from DJ King Batuka (UoL security officer by day, Afrobeat DJ by night!)
– Cali Salsa Show with Rita Barberio
– Salsa classes
– Raffle prizes from 50 – 150 in cash
– Free bar on donation and great Latin American food
– Family friendly atmosphere
– Tickets: Suggested donation £5 /Solidarity £10

All proceeds go to the Senate House In-House campaign strike fund!

Anyone interested in helping or selling raffle tickets should contact Maritza (maritzacastillocalle@iwgb.co.uk)

Cleaners and porters at UCL’s IoE in mammoth collective grievance — August 5, 2019

Cleaners and porters at UCL’s IoE in mammoth collective grievance

At UCL’s Institute of Education (IoE), workplace representative Carvalho and IWGB organiser Laura represented the building’s over thirty outsourced cleaners and porters in a collective grievance hearing that lasted for around three hours.

At issue were excessive increases in workload, unpaid overtime, lack of opportunities for paid overtime, and the absence of privacy and spaces to eat and get changed.

As a result of the hearing, passionately argued by Carvalho and Laura, management has agreed to conduct an investigation into the workload of each cleaner, porter and supervisor at IoE, including possible breaches of health and safety and racial discrimination regulations.

What’s clear is that conditions at IoE – and indeed across UCL – need to change, and fast. This is being achieved by the solidarity and community developing between these workers and the IWGB, leading to increased confidence to take on and hold to account UCL and outsourcing company Sodexo.

Well done to Carvalho and everyone else who worked together on this case! Hasta la Victoria!

University of London branch secretary writes to HEE regarding ongoing dispute — August 1, 2019

University of London branch secretary writes to HEE regarding ongoing dispute

Dear Lisa,

I understand that Gary has now left HEE (Health Education England), so I am addressing my response to his email to you – please feel free to forward as necessary.

I don’t want to get into too much detail, but to concentrate on issues where we are in agreement, namely that:

  1. Had there been no TUPE, UoL HEE staff were due to receive an annual payrise of 1.8% dated from 1 August 2019.
  2. Because of the TUPE, UoL HEE staff are scheduled to make substantially higher pension contributions from 1 August 2019.
  3. Post TUPE, UoL HEE staff will be much cheaper to make redundant than their AFC colleagues.
  4. This burden falls disproportionately upon level 4 staff at the top of their bands as they stand to lose over £4000 pa should they transfer to AFC under the current mapping arrangements.

In order to address these, can you therefore confirm that you will devote some of HEE’s estimated £2.1m annual VAT savings to:

  1. Guarantee that the 1 August 2019 payrise will be implemented.
  2. Compensate UoL HEE staff for pension hikes OR adjust their mapping onto AFC scales, either way ensuring no detriment.
  3. Confirm enhanced redundancy terms for UoL HEE staff to match those of AFC staff.

We would be happy to discuss this in person in the interests of reaching agreement, and look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes

Danny Millum
Branch Secretary
University of London IWGB