Why you should support Independent Workers Union of Great Britain
Outsourced workers at the University of London are gearing up for the biggest outsourced workers' strike in the history of UK higher education and they need your help.
These precarious migrant workers have been demanding since last year to be made direct employees of the university, but all attempts by themselves and their chosen union, the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), to open a dialogue with the university have gone unheeded.
This has not impeded the campaign from growing, and as support from other staff, unions and politicians continues to pile in, more and more outsourced workers are joining the fight. In the most recent ballot cleaners, security officers, receptionists, porters, post room workers, audiovisual workers and gardeners all voted in favour of strike action.
Sadly, for these workers going on strike means that they lose out on a day’s pay. That’s why we need your help. Your donation will allow them to be compensated for some of the pay they are docked for standing-up for equality at work. No worker should be put in the position of having to decide between standing up for their rights, and feeding their family.
For years these workers have been denied the rights that the university bestows on those it directly employs. Outsourced workers suffer from worse pensions, holiday pay, sick pay and paternal leave than those directly employed by the university. They are also more likely to suffer from discrimination, bullying and illegal deduction of wages.
The campaign demands that the University of London:
- End outsourcing and bring in-house all outsourced workers on the same terms and conditions as other directly employed staff immediately
- End zero-hours contracts.
- Implement pay rises that it has promised but failed to deliver.
Join people such as Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP and support these precarious workers that are on the front line of the fight for better working conditions.
15 Mar 2018
Updates from Independent Workers Union of Great Britain
As this fundraising campaign proceeds, you’ll see updates appearing here.