In the first of a series of articles in the lead up to the campaign, the 3 Cosas campaign explains why it is striking next week for 3 days at the University of London.
The IWGB University of London branch has given notice to BBW of 3 more days of industrial action, to take place on the 27, 28 and 29 January 2014. But didn’t the 3 Cosas Campaign win last term? Why are there more strikes?
Last month’s strike produced major concessions for the outsourced workers’ campaign. Thanks to a great display of solidarity during the strike, BBW immediately announced improvements to holiday and sick pay conditions (though these are still not in line with those received by directly employed workers).
However, rather than negotiate directly with the IWGB, BBW instead agreed a deal with UNISON, which ignored workers’ demands for a proper pension, and for safeguards for the jobs of the Garden Halls workers.
It is obviously deeply disappointing that the IWGB, by far the largest union among BBW employees, was not consulted regarding these proposals. Members decided unanimously at an emergency branch meeting to continue to take strike action until all their demands were met: recognition of the IWGB; safeguards for the Garden Halls jobs; and equal rights for outsourced workers including pension entitlements.
In short, while last term represented a major victory for workers’ solidarity, our demands have not yet been met so we will continue to strike until we win!Why a