HOT TOPICS ▶ Climate Change     Undoing The New Deal     The Real Baltimore     Reality Asserts Itself     United Kingdom    

  December 1, 2017

Real Media: Worker Union Takes Fight to Universities

The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain launched a landmark legal case to bring collective bargaining rights to outsourced workers at the University of London. If they win, the case will set a historic precedent that could aid zero-hours and precarious workers all around the country
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here


Share to Facebook Share to Twitter

TRNN is a rare source of objective facts, analysis and commentary, not available in mainstream news. - Robert
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN


JASON MOYER-LEE: We are campaigning to have the University of London bring all of the outsourced workers back in house and put them on the same terms and conditions that direct employees have.

HENRY CHANGO LOPEZ: Cleaners, porters, security, caterers, maintenance ... we are the biggest union on campus in a place that before none of the outsourced workers were unionized.

JASON MOYER-LEE: When we started organizing, the cleaners were earning just about the minimum wage. They didn't have any pensions. They had statutory sick pay and statutory minimum for holidays.

HENRY CHANGO LOPEZ: Most of the workers are scared of coming out and going on strike and coming to protests. But when they see like social organizations, social movements, students, that get together, they're more willing ...

JASON MOYER-LEE: Now they earn 10 pounds 20 an hour. London minimum wage. They're entitled to up to six months sick pay and earned an extra week's holiday.

SHEN: The McDonald's strike, and PictureHouse, and every strink that's going on at the moment, these workers are standing up and saying that now is the time.

JASON MOYER-LEE: University of London--

CROWD: Shame on you!

JASON MOYER-LEE: It's important to recognize that some of the big unions are doing things, but there's not nearly enough of it. We were driven out of Unison, and once we left, we did a lot better.

CHRISTINA PAINE: We have no sick pay. We have no holiday pay either. And we try to get these basic rights as well so solidarity to everyone.

JASON MOYER-LEE: We're trying to establish a concept of joint employer.

HENRY CHANGO LOPEZ: Every employer that comes to take over the contract tries to introduce zero-hours contracts, tries to change the hours.

JASON MOYER-LEE: The outsourced workers here are in an employment relationship with the University of London and we're asking the tribunal in recognition of that relationship, to impose a collective bargaining deal on the University of London with the IWGB.

MAGS DEWHURST: Capitalism is out of control right now in London 2017. It is up to us to sort it out and bring justice to the workers and equality for everyone.


Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at

latest stories

Paul Jay On Trump and Bolton: One of the Most Dangerous Times in Human History
Money Can't Wash Blood Off Hands of Saudi Prince
Mired in Corruption Scandals, Peru's President Resigns
Philippines: Duterte's Bloody War on His Own People
Ivan Bates: State's Attorney's Race From Freddie Gray to GTTF
Former Venezuelan Interior Minister Arrested: Fracturing the Bolivarian Movement?
Are Police Reform Efforts Doomed to Fail?
How Long Will It Take for Casino Money to Reach Classrooms?
Trump Boasts of Killer Arms Sales in Meeting with Saudi Dictator, Using Cartoonish Charts
15 Years of Mass Destruction in Iraq
Mercer's Cambridge Analytica 'Utterly Sleazy'
Democracy in Crisis: Take Note
Meet The Man Behind Cambridge Analytica, Who Made Trump President
Will Congress Affirm its Constitutional Power to Stop the War in Yemen?
A Rare Glimpse Inside a Police Body-Camera Review Unit
In Afrin the Turks are Looting and Pillaging with Gunfire
Protester Arrested At State House: Gov. Hogan Would Not Drink Water Contaminated by Fracking
'Samantha Em-Powers Genocide in Yemen': Students Protest US Role in Saudi War
After a Shooting at His School, a Maryland Teacher Speaks Out
European Left Divided Over Brexit
Marilyn Mosby: From Freddie Gray to GTTF
Trump and the Rise of the European Right, with Reps of UK Labour Party, De Linke, Podemos, and Syriza
Petroleum Executives Visit Trump, Increasing Offshore Oil Drilling
EPA Sued for Removing Independent Scientists from its Advisory Board
Inequality in America: A National Town Hall
Laura Flanders Show: Women's History Makes The Future
Corbyn Allies in Labour Attacked For Supporting Palestinian Struggle
Paul Jay: Threats facing Humanity, Russiagate & the Role of Independent Media
Kochs and ALEC Behind Criminalization of Dissent Bills in Five States
West's Anti-Russian Fervor Will Help Putin Win Election On Sunday,, The Real News Network, Real News Network, The Real News, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of Independent World Television inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and The Real News Network.

All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network. Click here for more

Problems with this site? Please let us know

Web Design, Web Development and Managed Hosting