Why you should support the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain
Outsourced staff at the University of London – many of which work up to 70 hours a week to get by – will be going on strike on 27 September to demand that the university implement pay increases that it promised six years ago but has failed to deliver.
Outsourced security officers and receptionists organised by the IWGB have been striking over pay since April, and the university's absolute unwillingness listen to their legitimate grievances and negotiate has only resulted in a growing anger among all university staff. The security officers' and receptionists' courage and determination has inspired other workers, notably porters and post room workers to join the dispute with their own pay demands.
Security officers and receptionists earn on average £9.94 an hour. As many of them live in London and have to provide for their families, they end up working up to 70 hours a week in order to survive. If the University had kept its promises they would be earning 25% more.
Porters and post room workers earn even less, on average.
Sadly, for these workers going on strike means they lose out on a day's salary. That's why they need your help – your donation will allow them to be compensated for some of the pay they are docked. No worker should be put in a situation where they have to decide between standing up for their rights and feeding their family.
While the university hides behind the company that has been contracted to provide essential services, we know the money is clearly there to pay these workers fairly.
Between 2012/2013 and 2015/2016 the number of staff earning over £100,000 tripled. In the same period the Vice-chancellor's salary increased from £153,000 to £173,400.
The strike will coincide with the UK's first precarious labour protest, which will include precarious workers from Uber drivers, to cleaners to fast food workers. The march, convened by the IWGB, will go from the offices of TFL to the doors of Senate House, at the University of London.
5 Apr 2017
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