Summer of discontent – letter to University of London management

discontentDear University of London and colleagues,

The continuing and stubborn refusals of yourselves, Cofely GDF-Suez and Aramark to negotiate with the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) over the fate of around 80 jobs at the Garden Halls of Residence have forced us to escalate our campaign.

The University of London Union (ULU), the 3Cosas Campaign and the IWGB wish to serve notice that activists are organising a summer of disruption to the University of London’s economically lucrative conference season if Cofely and Aramark do not agree to real and meaningful negotiations over the imminent job losses at the halls.

Noise protests, stunts and demonstrations are planned and actions will continue to escalate until this dispute is resolved.

While we wish no ill-will towards attendees or organisers of any conferences or events being held at the University of London over the coming months, none of these events would be possible without the hard work of outsourced staff – the very staff being treated so shamefully throughout the whole Garden Halls refurbishment process.

We would like to remind you of the demands of the IWGB and urge you to communicate to Cofely GDF-Suez and Aramark that the IWGB is open to negotiate with them at any time:

* a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies
* length of service be respected
* full and meaningful consultation with the IWGB
* the same wage levels for any workers transferred to contracts outside the UoL
* the same terms and conditions for any transferred workers

Yours faithfully,

University of London Union,

3 “Cosas” Campaign,

Independent Workers of Great Britain at University of London branch.

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