“Proposal to bring cleaning staff in-house given the green light”

A proposal to bring core cleaning staff and services at the Bloomsbury campus in-house has been approved by the College’s Finance and Resources Committee.

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Remembering the SOAS Deportations

Yesterday staff, students and supporters from around Bloomsbury gathered to mark the 10 year anniversary of the SOAS 9 deportations. A decade ago, the cleaning staff at SOAS, at the time outsourced to facilities services corporation ISS, had just organised a remarkable campaign to win the London Living Wage. In an act of disgusting retribution, … Continue reading Remembering the SOAS Deportations

Solidarity with Danny Millum

In May, Birkbeck UNISON and UCU sent the letter below to University of London management, in support of Danny Millum IWGB branch secretary at UoL. Dear Vice Chancellor Kopelman, The Birkbeck UNISON Branch and UCU Branch are very concerned about the treatment of Danny Millum, a staff member and union representative, by the management of … Continue reading Solidarity with Danny Millum

Open letter: Birkbeck, accelerate your efforts to end outsourcing

[Español abajo] Signed by 53 members of staff on the Noonan (cleaning), Sodexo (catering) and CIS (security) contracts, and the presidents of the UNISON, UCU and Student Union. UNISON at Birkbeck are pleased that Birkbeck College has set up a Facilities Review Group (FRG) to develop proposals for bringing in-house catering, cleaning and night security … Continue reading Open letter: Birkbeck, accelerate your efforts to end outsourcing

Insourcing protest at UCL on Thursday

As well as the insourcing campaigns in our branch, at SOAS and in Senate House, there is an insourcing campaign at UCL. On Thursday 4th April at 1pm, UNISON at UCL will be holding a protest on insourcing in the Main Quad (opposite Cruciform), calling on UCL to bring their outsourced workers back in-house. Members of Birkbeck … Continue reading Insourcing protest at UCL on Thursday

Birkbeck convenes Review

Since the joint statement in October, the College has convened a Facilities Review Group (FRG) to "develop cost neutral proposals for bringing in-house catering, cleaning and night security services." UNISON and the workers concerned have representation on the FRG, which meets monthly. The FRG has now met three times and the current target is to … Continue reading Birkbeck convenes Review

Birkbeck releases positive statement: a step forward

We are pleased to announce that in October 2018, Birkbeck released the statement below, the result of several months of negotiations between the College and UNISON. We in the UNISON Justice for Workers Campaign are happy that the College Governors have recognised the grievances and endorsed the aims of the campaign, and agree with Keith … Continue reading Birkbeck releases positive statement: a step forward

Solidarity letter to Outsourcing Must Fall, South Africa

In September we sent the letter below to the #OutsourcingMustFall Campaign in South Africa. We write to you having received your letter of solidarity to express both our thanks and our own solidarity with your #OutsourcingMustFall Campaign in South Africa. Although our campaign is relatively recent, it is a part of a wider movement to … Continue reading Solidarity letter to Outsourcing Must Fall, South Africa

Campaign update including solidarity from South Africa

Our campaign is gathering pace. We have over 450 signatures on our petition – we’d love to get that to 500, so please keep sharing with your friends and colleagues. Following our demonstration last month, Birkbeck UNISON are having positive negotiations with management and we know the weight of support for our campaign is strengthening our … Continue reading Campaign update including solidarity from South Africa