Petition to Mr Henry Ball, Mr Clive Cooke, Tony Campbell, Clive Cooke
Restore NEU Trade Union Recognition at East Sussex College Group
The National Education Union (formally NUT and ATL) has been the recognised trades union at the East Sussex College Group and its predecessors for over 70 years, yet this September without consultation or notice management removed union shop stewards union rights and time and have de-recognised teachers' union. Management claim that there are other unions that staff can join, but it has been National Education Union members at the Colleges who have a long history of organising to prevent compulsory job losses and maintain decent employment conditions where others have not been able to do so. Teachers are convinced that this is the real reason for the attack on workers rights. The attempted de-recognition and denial of basic employment rights by the Colleges, who have in the past paid their top executives over £160,000 derive most of their funds from the tax payer and are the only maintained school/college in the County to have tried to de-recognise the Union. Their actions also run contrary international labour standards affording workers the right to form unions and engage in collective bargaining. Please support teachers and education professionals in their campaign to defend their rights at work by signing this petition to restore full union recognition to the NEU.
Petition to Board of Trustees - National Museum of Scotland, National Museum of Scotland Executive Team
Stand Up for Designated Staff Seating at the National Museum of Scotland!
In 2008 the National Museum of Scotland temporarily closed the Victorian side of the National Museum of Scotland for a redesign. When it reopened in 2011 the designated staff seating which had previously been a part of the galleries had gone. These seats, which offered respite for workers who otherwise spend their whole day on their feet. The lack of staff seats in the museum galleries is causing lots of problems, like back pain and leg pain. All we want is a proper seat for staff to sit on to rest our feet, backs and legs for moments during the day. Our most recent campaign action saw a majority of affected staff sign a petition demanding designated staff seating, but our bosses have refused to discuss the matter. We’ve been told that we’ve to sit on public benches if we need to rest, but public benches should be there for you when you visit our museum, not for us to take up during the working day. Our request is modest but we’d like to have your support. We want you to love the museum as much as we do, and we’d like you to back us in our campaign for seats so we can continue to be one of the country’s top tourist attractions. We want the public to know about our campaign, and support us in our humble, but important request for designated staff seating.
Petition to College Council of King's College London
Bring our cleaning & security staff at King’s College London back in-house
Members of College Council will be aware of a series of increasingly large and disruptive public protests by the university’s cleaners, students and other staff and trade unions calling for the university to meet the following demands: 1) Bring staff in-house: all staff deserve the same sick pay, holiday pay, maternity, paternity and pensions rights as KCL staff 2) Equal opportunity for overtime hours and new jobs 3) Formal recognition of Unison 4) Earlier implementation of the annual London Living Wage increase (demand now met) Repeated failings of a series of outsourced companies – the latest are Servest (cleaning) and CIS (security) have seen the intervention of the trade union Unison and use of grievances, disputes and negotiations to put in place basic rights and challenge simple workplace issues. The underlying issue here is not one particular company but the system of outsourcing which allows fellow workers to receive poorer treatment on campus and terms and conditions which give only basic statutory entitlements (sick pay, holidays, pensions) despite these workers being part of the King’s community and wearing the university’s logo on their uniforms. Unison has now had a productive meeting with the university which will start negotiations over sick-pay - the current use of statutory sick pay (SSP) often means our members come to work ill or do not receive sick pay for the first three days of illness and after this receive a paltry £89.35 per week in SSP. More news here as we have it and a positive step towards parity.We feel strongly that those who truly lead the HE sector are institutions such as LSE and SOAS who are currently in the process of returning all staff to direct employment by the university and King’s should follow suit by doing the right thing and investing in staff. Such a decision would not only be of huge benefit to staff but also to students who join us in demanding that all workers be brought back in-house. We cannot get a guarantee on whether a proposal will be taken to the College Council on its next meeting of March 22nd. Regardless of the date of the meeting, we the undersigned call on the Council to vote to invest in these staff, to support the direct employment and equal terms and conditions for all staff at the university and to reject any motions which seek to continue the divide between groups of workers at the university.