street campaigns and all-out strikes
If employers refuse to negotiate, we won't hesitate to campaign boldly and resolutely to win decent pay, rights & conditions for our members. Our campaigns aim to secure the London Living Wage, contractual sick pay, paid leave, reasonable workloads, dignified and safe conditions, and general respect in the workplace. We also demand reinstatements in the case of unfair or illegal dismissals/suspensions.
weekly meetings and skill-sharing
We are more than a trade union — we are a vibrant and inclusive community of all ages and backgrounds. UVW was founded on the beliefs that we can all learn something from everybody, that effective organisation depends on teachers learning and students teaching, and that education must be transformative for all involved.
Casework and negotiation
Though we always plan for radical solutions to problems faced by our members, sitting down at a table often plays an integral part in getting results. Solely by meeting with employers, we've won countless individual and group cases relating to unpaid wages, bullying and harassment, unlawful dismissal, proposed redundancies, and much more. Smooth settlements allow us to focus our disruptive efforts on those bosses who only understand brand image and sales figures.
legal representation by close comrades
We believe that while the law may be ludicrously skewed in the employer's favour it's still always worth fighting to the last in court as well as on the streets. We have an impeccable track record in Employment Tribunal claims, with final hearing victories and successful early settlements reached for our members. We battle the unlimited resources of multinational corporations with nothing but the truth! (Well, we always rely on our very good friends at TruthLegal, who fight for our cause AND our case.)
solidarity with struggles of all magnitudes
If unity is the motor of a campaign, there's no greater fuel than solidarity, and every photo has room for a dozen banners. We work closely with other grassroots groups, trade unions, progressive politicians and journalists with integrity. Please get in touch if you would like to combine forces. We have members from 50 different countries who can inject some flair and energy into any situation!