CAMPAIGNING

We don't hesitate to campaign boldly and resolutely to secure better pay, terms & conditions for our members if employers refuse to negotiate.

As the majority of our members work in London's outsourced service sectors, where wages are low, rights scarce and abuses frequent, most of our campaigns aim to secure the London Living Wage, contractual sick pay and other rights, dignified and safe conditions, and all-round respect for workers.


MEETINGS & SKILL-SHARING

We are more than a trade union, we are a vibrant and inclusive community. UVW was founded on the belief that together we are stronger, and that we need to share and develop our skills: 

  • Weekly English classes on Saturdays from 4pm-6pm
  • Workshops on employment law, workplace representation, benefits, and health & safety training

We are always open to new ideas for workshops and classes.

See our events page for the latest news.


CASE WORK

Whilst we always plan for collective solutions to problems faced by our members, case work still plays an integral part in the work we do.

Solely by meeting with employers, we have won countless individual and group cases relating to unpaid wages, bullying and harassment, unlawful dismissals, proposed redundancies, and much more besides.

With a string of successful protests to hold up as good reasons for employers to come to the table, we can concentrate our efforts more effectively on those employers who only understand the language of bad publicity and reduced business.


REPRESENTATION IN COURT 

We believe that while the law may be ludicrously skewed in the employer's favour it's still always worth fighting to the bitter end both in court and on the streets. We have an impeccable track record in Employment Tribual claims either winning at a final hearing or reaching a successful settlement for our members

Picture: celebrating having won our members' unfair dismissal claim in a final hearing at the Central London Employment Tribunal. 


SOLIDARITY

We believe in the power of unity and solidarity and work closely with other grassroots groups and trade unions. Please get in touch if you would like to combine forces.