Strike Two: 16-17 May — May 3, 2017
Consensus against zero hours contracts emerging —

Consensus against zero hours contracts emerging

The Lib Dems’ Tim Farron has described a recent report on zero hours contracts as ‘deeply disturbing’:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/lib-dems-gig-economy-policies-2017-general-election-manifesto_uk_59060aa1e4b05c39768048ad?

And meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn has announced a pledge to get rid of zero hours altogether:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/29/election-labour-mcdonnell-corbyn-zero-hours-economy

IWGB General Secretary writes to the University of London over potentially illegal use of unlicensed security — May 1, 2017

IWGB General Secretary writes to the University of London over potentially illegal use of unlicensed security

See below for an email from Dr Jason Moyer-Lee (IWGB General Secretary) to Kim Frost (University Secretary).

Dear Kim

In case you haven’t seen, I thought you might be interested in some of the coverage of this week’s strike by University of London security guards, including one written by one of your security guards himself.

As I’m sure you are already aware by now, there appears to have been an incident of Cordant not abiding by Security Industry Authority (SIA) regulations as many of the “security guards” performing security duties at the protest were not displaying an ID badge.  We also have reason to believe that some of these may not have even been licensed security guards.  Indeed, as soon as we made an announcement at the protest about this, all of the non-ID’d “security guards” were shooed inside the building and Lee Smith (also performing security duties on the day) disappeared from the protest.  Performing security duties without a license and using unlicensed security guards are criminal offenses which needless to say puts your workers at health and safety risks.  We have had at least two complaints from our members that they were assaulted by these non-ID displaying and potentially unlicensed individuals.  All of this was documented with photos and/or video at the time.

Outsourcing low paid staff in order to avoid giving them decent pay and terms and conditions is pretty bad.  Promising them their pay differentials would be maintained and then reneging on that promise whilst sitting idly by as the use of 0 hours contracts becomes rampant on campus is worse.  But allowing your contractor to bring in a bunch of 0 hours, unidentified, and potentially unlicensed security staff in order to break a legitimate strike is truly disgusting.  I have already alerted the SIA to the issue and we are currently looking into the legality and criminal aspects of the entire operation as well as who is and is not licensed (e.g. Lee Smith).  Trust me when I say we will get to the bottom of this and when we do we will pursue both University of London and Cordant to the full extent of the law.

Enjoy your bank holiday weekend!

best,

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/25/love-job-security-guard-but-subtle-apartheid-strike#comments

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/zero-hours-and-short-hours-contracts_uk_59021d50e4b0026db1df4159

http://novaramedia.com/2017/04/27/the-security-officers-striking-for-their-security/

Dr. Jason Moyer-Lee

General Secretary

IWGB

The Security Officers’ strike in the news — April 28, 2017

The Security Officers’ strike in the news

Here’s a couple of articles about this week’s security officers’ strike:

An report on the strike from Joe Hayns for Novara Media: http://novaramedia.com/2017/04/27/the-security-officers-striking-for-their-security/

Our own Abdul Baksh explained the reasons for the strike in the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/25/love-job-security-guard-but-subtle-apartheid-strike

Security officers’ strike – photos and videos — April 27, 2017

Security officers’ strike – photos and videos

You can now find photos and videos of the Security Officers’ two-day strike on our Facebook page. Thanks to everyone who came out and showed support!

https://www.facebook.com/pg/IWGBunion/photos/?tab=album&album_id=621628234702810

And thanks to Peter Marshall for this album:

University of London Security Officers on strike, London, UKLondon, UK. 25th April 2017. Security officers at the…

Posted by Peter Marshall on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

UoL and Cordant planning to bring in zero-hours staff to cover security strike — April 19, 2017

UoL and Cordant planning to bring in zero-hours staff to cover security strike

See our letter to Chris Cobb below:

Dear Chris

As you know, security officers at the University of London will be striking next week over zero-hours contracts, inadequate payslips, and broken promises on pay that has meant an effective 25% pay cut.

Many of these staff have worked here for years, and they are extremely reluctant to cause any disruption to fellow staff and students.

However, the University and their security contractor Cordant have given them no alternative. Despite the reasonableness of their demands, all efforts at negotiation have been ignored.

It has now come to light that rather than make any effort to meet these employees and avert this damaging strike, the Cordant is planning:

  1. To bring in temporary staff on zero-hours contracts to cover them.
  2. To force existing staff to train these replacements (this is already happening).
  3. To pay these temporary staff only the minimum wage of £7.50 an hour, despite the University of London guaranteeing that all staff will be paid at least the London Living Wage of £9.75.
  4. To place at risk staff and students across the University of London by employing staff with minimum training and no knowledge of the buildings or their occupants.

If the University is aware of this, it is breaking its London Living Wage commitments and openly encouraging the use of zero-hour contracts in order to break the strike. Furthermore it will also be legally culpable should a fire or other serious incident occur  without trained staff on hand to handle it.

Can you therefore confirm that the University will instruct its contractor to abandon this plan, and instead offer a fair solution to the issues raised by its employees?

Can you also confirm that the University is guaranteeing that it is providing a safe environment for staff and students, as it is legally required to do?

Best wishes

Danny

Danny Millum

Treasurer

IWGB

http://iwgb.org.uk/

Te invitamos a la Asamblea General Anual de la rama IWGB de la Universidad de Londres! Sábado 29 de abril 2017! — April 16, 2017
Come to the University of London AGM – Saturday 29 April at IALS! —
IWGB at Pride in London — April 12, 2017

IWGB at Pride in London

Andrew Boxer from the Couriers Branch invites all IWGB members to Pride in
London on Saturday July 8th 2017.

Andrew has been in contact with the march organisers and they have offered
us a space on the march for 40 people, at a cost of £440 (but we might get a
20% discount).

The deadline to book a space on the march is April 17th, so we ask that
members who wish to take part get back to Andrew by this Saturday April
15th!

If there is a big enough take up, we can then book our place on Sunday.

If you want to be part of IWGB’s Pride group, please email Andrew now:
andrew.boxer@yahoo.co.uk

He will then coordinate the group and get us all together to go to the march
or come up with an alternative plan for the IWGB LGBT Community 🙂

Thank you all very much!

Mags Dewhurst

Chair
IWGB Couriers & Logistics Branch