Landmark outsourcing protest strikes a chord with the world’s media — February 27, 2019

Landmark outsourcing protest strikes a chord with the world’s media

Yesterday (26 February) hundreds of London’s outsourced workers, including cleaners, security and catering staff, walked out in the latest in a series of strikes over pay and conditions.

Coming together in a show of solidarity, they timed their protest to mark what the Guardian describes as a “landmark case on collective bargaining that could empower the UK’s 3.3 million outsourced workers to negotiate directly with their de-facto employers – the companies buying the outsourced services – as well as their direct employers.”

Starting from Senate House, home to the University of London’s administrative offices, members of unions including the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), United Voices of the World (UVW), and PCS, marched through central London. University of London students and the RMT union’s London Regional Council supported them.

Each group of workers had their own particular grievances, but what they all had in common was the desire to end the “discrimination between those who count and those who don’t count at all,” as eloquently voiced by IWGB member, Emma Margarita Cunalata.

Speaking in front of Winston Churchill’s statue opposite the Houses of Parliament she said, “We have the right to earn money, and to the profits that are taken from us. We have the right to a better life.”

Their employers might have chosen to turn a deaf ear to their pleas to clean up outsourcing, but the UK’s media organisations were listening.

More than 15 national and regional publications such as the Financial Times, the Press and Journal, The Times and the iNews, covered the walkout.

Others include:

IWGB training and workshops – Talleres de capacitacion y entrenamiento — July 8, 2018

IWGB training and workshops – Talleres de capacitacion y entrenamiento

The IWGB is organising two training and workshop events on Saturday 21 July (10.30am–4.30pm) for English speakers, and the second on Saturday 28 July (10.30am–4.30pm) for Spanish speakers.

This will take place at the Institute of Advance and Legal and Studies (IALS), room; Council Chamber at 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR.

This training and workshop will be an opportunity for you to learn essential organising skills and get informed about latest important policies such as data protection and employment rights, so it is important that you attend the whole session in order to make the most of your learning.

The workshop will feature the following topics:

  • Campaigning and recruitment
  • Union structures
  • Media training
  • Data protection
  • Employment Law:  main speaker, Nicola Countouris (UCL professor of labour law and European law).

The event is open for union officials, representatives, volunteers and case workers who will need to confirm attendance by the 10 July 2018 in order to book a place by sending me an email to or a text to: 07922810798.

 Please confirm your attendance as soon as possible as lunch will be provided!

Finally, please note that the Employment law session which will run from 3–4.30pm  is open to all members and non-members so it would be great if you could advertise this widely .

Many thanks


El sindicato IWGB esta organizando dos eventos de talleres de entrenamiento y capacitacion, el primero el sábado 21 de julio de (10.30am–4.30pm) para los que hablan Ingles y el Segundo el dia sábado 28 de Julio para hispano hablantes. 

Este tendrá lugar en el Institute of Advance and Legal and Studies (IALS), salon; Council Chamber en 17 Russell Square, Londres WC1B 5DR.

Esta capacitación y taller será una oportunidad para que aprenda habilidades organizativas esenciales y se informe sobre las últimas políticas importantes, como la protección de datos y los derechos laborales, por lo que es importante que asista a toda la sesión para aprovechar al máximo su aprendizaje.

El taller presentará los siguientes temas:

  • Campaña y reclutamiento
    • Estructuras del sindicato
    • Entrenamiento de cómo hablar con medios comunicación
    • Protección de Datos
    • Leyes laborales:

El evento está abierto para oficiales del sindicato, representantes, voluntarios y asistentes de casos quienes deberán confirmar su asistencia antes del 10 de julio de 2018 para reservar un puesto enviando un correo electrónico o un mensaje al: 07922810798

Por favor, confirme su asistencia tan pronto sea posible ya que se proporcionará el almuerzo!

Finalmente, la secion de Leyes Laborales la cual es de 3-4:30pm esta abierta para todos los miembros y no miembros asi que seria importante que lo publiciten con todo el publico.

Muchas gracias

Henry Chango Lopez