Migrant workers in London have for decades been invisibly exploited
Today, they lead the fight to push up wages for all workers in Britain
Many migrant workers in London earn the minimum wage of £8.21 per hour. The Living Wage Foundation recommends £10.55 p/h.
Fighting for a Living Wage and decent, equal rights
Predominantly from former colonial lands in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa, these workers are commonly middle-aged, lacking fluency in English, and not seeing any realistic alternatives to a life of constant struggle working 50 or 60 hours a week.
They work for generically-named services providers, who place them in one or more locations. It could be a Ferrari showroom, or the Ministry of Justice.
UVW has built its reputation uniting migrant workers
Since 2014, we have organised hundreds of migrants in dozens of workplaces. Their common grievances are low pay, insufficient sick pay, and minimal rights in stark contrast to those enjoyed by in-house staff in the same buildings.
We are uncompromising in our approach. If they cannot be swiftly granted the London Living Wage and any other demands, we will ballot them for strike action. We then empower and assist the workers to force the hands of the workplace and services provider, by any legal means — usually as noisy and disruptive as possible.
Our victories set off chain reactions of resistance
When migrant workers secure a Living Wage and no longer fear sickness or injury, their families and local areas prosper. Often, their victory will be automatically shared with dozens or even hundreds of others in the same buildings, or other sites.
News spreads especially fast within migrant communities in London. Family, friends and acquaintances are attracted to the union, and launch new campaigns.
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