United Voices of the Whole World! New members from 38 countries in 2017!

UVW is very happy to announce that in 2017 alone we have received new members from 38 different countries around the world (list below).

True to our name we really are the United Voices of the World.

Let's celebrate our diversity and let's not let races or borders divide us. United we are strong:

Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Congo, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, England, Spain, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Príncipe, Scotland, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Wales.

VICTORY TO LSE CLEANERS!

UVW is proud to announce that the LSE cleaners will be BROUGHT IN-HOUSE and become employees of the LSE from Spring 2018! This will ensure they get, among other things, 41 days annual leave, 6 months full pay sick pay and 6 months half pay sick pay, plus proper employer pension contributions of up to 13% of their salary.

This is the most significant victory for any group of workers in UK higher education today, and will hopefully set a precedent to follow for other degraded outsourced workers across the country.

This announcement comes on the back of an awe-inspiring 10 month battle for dignity and equality waged by the cleaners, through their union UVW which represents the near entirety of the unionised cleaners on the LSE campus.

This dispute saw the largest number of cleaners – all of whom are migrant and BAME workers and most of whom had never been unionised before - in UK history strike from a single workplace, and saw the the cleaners take 7 days of strike action in total, with 3 more pledged for the LSE's student graduation days in July. There were also several protests and two occupations through the course of this dispute.

The cleaners were heavily supported by the student led Justice for LSE Cleaners Campaign and the wider trade union movement. Support from people such as Owen Jones, who refused to cross the cleaners' picket line, was also crucial in bringing pressure to bear in support of the cleaners actions.

We are particularly gratified that the new UNISON branch secretary wrote to UVW to congratulate us and the cleaners on the success of our campaign.

This victory is yet another vindication of the power of organised workers and the importance of collective action, including strike action, in winning dignity and equality at work.

Our members will be meeting in the near future to vote on the details of the deal and, in particular, the transitory offer of enhanced T&Cs until the move in-house takes place.

Powerful montage of UVW's cleaners strikes at the LSE https://www.facebook.com/uvwunion/videos/1412830192118549/

UVW Support Sacked Ritzy Reps

On 15th June UVW members joined, in solidarity, with the fantastic Ritzy workers who were out in force demanding the reinstatement of the Ritzy Three, who have just been sacked for the crime of being effective reps and helping organise the fight for a living wage.

This is yet another cynical union busting move from another rich, arrogant company. The union movement must support the Ritzy and Picturehosue workers at large, and make sure all sacked reps get their jobs back and the strikes are taken to victory!


 

Solidarity at UCU's nationl conference with the LSE ceaners

Thank you to those UCU delegates from around the country at UCU's national conference on Saturday 27th May in Brighton for getting together to support UVW's cleaners campaign and strikes for equality at the LSE.

They have appealed to the congress:
-To urge the LSE to settle the dispute rather than threaten the law on picketing
-Support the demands of the LSE cleaners for parity for their pay and conditions.

They have also organised a collection after the congress session on Monday lunch time for the strikers' hardship fund.

They noted the hypocrisy of the LSE and also noted "UVW's combative and lively actions are an inspiration to us all, please have a look at the UVW's website and FB page. They are very brave to take on these employers.

We have to support them. Their present situation should not become our future. We have to have a united fight against these issues in our university and colleges."

Full statement which was read out at the main conference on Saturday in text to original video.

Further, there was an extremely well attended fringe meeting on Saturday evening at which several of UVW's members on strike at the LSE were invited to discuss the strikes and appeal for solidarity. The atmosphere was fantastic and the support from UCU delegates was solid.

Word is spreading, support is growing, victory is nearing.