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09.04.2021 / News /

UVW is HIRING: ORGANISER 

This role is funded by Black Lives Matter UK. On giving the grant,  BLMUK said the following: “we see this as another chapter in what we hope will be an ongoing partnership between our organisations, in the journey toward black freedom.”

Job title: Organiser

Contract type: permanent and full time (40 hours per week)

Pay and other T&Cs: In UVW all staff regardless of job type or length of service receive the same flat rate which is currently £11.90 per hour. 

We also offer full and equal maternity and paternity pay, full pay sick pay & 6 weeks annual leave. 

Deadline for applications: Interested applicants should send their CV and cover letter (no more than 2 pages) both in pdf format to recruitment@uvwunion.org.uk by no later than 5pm on 10th May 2021.

Interview dates: Between 17th-28th May 

Job start date: 19th June 2021

About UVW: UVW’s mission is to build power and solidarity amongst low paid, precarious, migrant or otherwise marginalised workers in the UK through collective, legal and direct action.

About the role: We are looking for an organiser to help achieve UVW’s mission performing a wide range of duties as assigned by UVW, including, but not limited to the following:

(Examples provide a general summary of the work required and should not be treated as a total and complete list of expected duties to be performed) 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: 

-Design and implement major organising campaigns or multiple smaller campaigns.

-Work with other staff and members to coordinate all aspects of campaigns including vision, strategy, timeline, communication, community outreach, finance and resource considerations. 

-Identify and develop leaders, mobilise members and the community around campaigns to pressure employers.

-Help workers understand how power relationships – particularly the intersection between race, migrant and class – work and how workers can/should use that knowledge.

-Communicate with workers including listening, framing issues and motivating them to participate actively.

-Develop and implement training for worker leaders on the campaign to further develop skills and understanding of the campaign. 

-Visit work sites on a regular basis covering all shifts.

-Organise protests, strikes and other direct actions and help workers win recognition for the purposes of collective bargaining where possible. 

-Build relationships with relevant people/groups/organisations outside UVW.

-Assist UVW Sector Groups in their organising drives and the development of an organising program.

-Assist members in negotiations tied to organising campaigns.

-Support other staff organisers, attend and participate in staff meetings, complete all required administrative tasks (e.g. activity forms) in a timely manner & maintain accurate record keeping.

-Provide BLMUK with a final narrative report (“Narrative Report”) etc.) of your activities in the role, and if requested, periodic reports on progress to BLMUK. 

-Perform other duties as required to assist the UVW.

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS REQUIRED: 

-Experience as an community or trade union organiser or demonstrated ability to carry out the responsibilities of the job 

-Excellent interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to relate, establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds 

-Committed to learning about motivating workers in struggles 

-Personal commitment to the mission and goals of UVW and to the struggle for economic, social, and racial justice

-Skilled at managing and meeting many and varying deadlines 

-Effective demonstrable oral, written and listening skills in English; bilingual skills in Spanish and English highly desirable 

-Excellent analytical and judgment skills as demonstrable by the ability to assess information and evidence and act strategically 

-Excellent organisational and prioritising skills showing flexibility as needed; adept at dealing with conflicting/changing priorities 

-Effective facilitating and organising meeting skills 

-Ability to work and organise independently and as part of a team 

-Working knowledge of computer programs including Word, Excel, e-mail, accessing the internet, and databases

-The ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment

-Excellent, proven communication skills. 

-Willingness to work long and varying hours including weekends & nights as and when required. 

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