Outsourced and directly employed workers unite at UCL

Submitted by AWL on 4 December, 2019 - 4:05
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4 December will see a mass strike at University College London, as outsourced workers in the Independent Workers’ union of Great Britain (IWGB) strike to demand direct employment and equality, alongside directly-employed workers in UCU, striking as part of the national dispute.

The two unions have worked well together locally, with UCU supporting the IWGB’s campaign, including a recent demonstration and its previous strike on 19 November. This unity is a model for elsewhere, with unions organising outsourced and directly-employed workers working together to coordinate action.

The ultimate aim should be a single, industrial union organising all higher education workers, outsourced and directly-employed, which can use its leverage with universities to press demands for all staff to be employed in house.

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