The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is a new and dynamic union which represents mainly low-paid migrant workers, such as outsourced cleaners and security guards, workers in the so-called ‘gig economy’ like couriers and private hire drivers, and foster care workers. The IWGB represents sections of the workforce which have traditionally been non-unionised and under-represented.
Founded in August 2012, the IWGB now has eleven branches. The branches are highly autonomous and lead on campaigning for better pay and conditions. IWGB campaigns are known for being bold, vibrant, loud and effective. From salsa dancing on the picket lines at the University of London to flash occupations of the Tate Modern, public pressure campaigns are the main method used to improve our members’ working lives.
In addition to campaigns, the IWGB’s Legal Department is also highly active, providing representation to members on a range of employment matters such as disciplinary processes, grievances, private hire licensing, and employment tribunals.
The Legal Department has also been at the forefront of test case litigation establishing private hire drivers and couriers as limb (b) workers, entitling them to a range of employment rights denied to them by their employers.
As well as casework and campaigns, the IWGB organises social events for members, Spanish and English classes, and regular meetings where members can engage. We are a democratic organisation with all officials being regularly elected.