Victory for 3 COSAS workers!

November 29, 2013 in News, Strikes

London Student newspaper has reported on IWGB members at UoL winning concessions following their hugely impressive 2 day strike. Workers employed for more than 3 months will get sick pay, and after 3 years 25 days annual holiday, 22 days for all other workers. The striking staff will also be able to join Balfour Beatty’s pension scheme. These concessions by UoL management to the workers’ demands put the outsourced staff in line with directly employed workers on holidays with similar sick pay rights. IWGB are celebrating the victory, but know they’ll have to continue to fight to ensure their demands […]

VIDEO: Congas on 3 COSAS picket line

November 28, 2013 in News, Strikes

Up to 100 staff, students, and their supporters joined the picket lines for the 2 day strike (27th-28th) at the University of London (UoL) organised by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB). Outsourced workers employed by Balfour Beatty were joined by their IWGB colleagues employed directly by UoL. At UoL, IWGB organises overwhelmingly Colombian, Ecuadorian, and Bolivian workers super-exploited by Balfour Beatty. Workers on the ‘3 cosas’ strike made their demands clear, “SICK PAY, HOLIDAYS, PENSIONS NOW!’ was screamed outside UoL Senate House building. IWGB en masse tried to speak directly to UoL Vice-Chancellor Adrian Smith, who so […]